ORIGINALLY WRITTEN TOM STOPPEL
Tabor College head football coach Tim McCarty informed his team Monday that he had resigned his position to accept the head coaching job at East Central University in Ada, Okla.
East Central University is an NCAA Division II school with an affiliation with the Lone Star Conference and an enrollment of about 5,500 students.
McCarty said his players took the news like he suspected they would.
“My team was very respectful and very honorable young men,” he said. “Those are the young men that I’ve come to know, appreciate and love in my time here at Tabor College.”
Leaving Hillsboro and Tabor College was a difficult decision according to McCarty.
“I don’t know if words would even do justice with how my family and I feel about Hillsboro and Tabor College,” McCarty said. “It’s been an absolute honor to be the head coach at Tabor College and to be associated with Tabor.
“My time here will be missed,” he added. “Life is funny. You get different opportunities in your career and you know you’ve set goals, and we’ve decided to proceed towards those goals.”
In McCarty’s five years at Tabor, he turned a dismal program into a team that was ranked in the Top 20 nationally and qualified for the NAIA Division II national playoffs this season.
After an initial 0-10 record his first year at the helm, McCarty turned the program around and finished with a career record at Tabor of 23-27, including this season’s best-ever 9-2 mark.
“It’s a good job I’m leaving for,” McCarty said. “It’s not a lateral move.”
Don Brubacher, Tabor athletic director, declined to comment on the strategy for finding McCarty’s successor.