Jackson coach stepping down | Football

Vincent has guided Wolfpack since 1998
By David Pan | Nov 02, 2018
Courtesy of: Jackson Football Booster Club/Juan Stout Jackson head football coach Joel Vincent plans to step down from his position at the end of the season. Vincent has been head coach for the last 21 years.

Jackson head football coach Joel Vincent is turning in his headset.

After 21 years of guiding the Timberwolves as head coach and 29 years of coaching, Vincent is stepping down at the end of season. Vincent said that he plans to submit his formal letter of resignation on Monday, Nov. 5.

It’s a decision Vincent made months ago.

“I told the administration and I told the players before the season on Day One that this is going to be my last run,” Vincent said. “Somebody told me a long time ago that you’ll know when it’s time.”

Vincent, 53, said that there are other things he wants to do in his life.

“I’d like to spend more time with friends,” he said. “I want to travel. I want to get my golf handicap down. It’s nothing earth-shattering. I’m going to kind of step away. Coaching takes an immense amount of time. It’s an emotional investment. I knew it was time to hang it up. I want to do a lot of things that for many years I put on hold.”

Vincent’s final season hasn’t exactly gone as planned, though it has nothing to do with what’s happened on the gridiron.

Earlier in the fall, Vincent’s father was diagnosed with advanced stage cancer. Vincent has been spending time with him during his treatment in Eastern Washington.

As a consequence, Vincent has missed about half of Jackson’s games this season. He recently returned to coach against Lake Stevens and in last week’s game against Kamiak, which was the final home game and Senior Night.

The health issues with his father were diagnosed after Vincent decided to step down as coach.

“It reaffirmed my decision,” Vincent said. “It’s time to step away and concentrate my efforts on other places. It’s time to pay attention to other interests.”

Vincent will continue to teach U.S. history and law at Jackson High School.

“My home is the classroom,” Vincent said. “I love interacting with students.”

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