After leading Coleman to a 31-7 record over his first three seasons as a head coach, John Elder knew he was in for a prolonged rebuild.
With a series of classes coming up that were light on numbers — particularly on the boys side — he understood it was going to be a challenge to build and field competitive teams.
Faced with that reality, many coaches might have left for greener pastures. Elder didn’t view that as an option.
Instead, he stuck it out at Coleman, fighting through a trio of tough campaigns that saw the Bluecats go a combined 9-22. He did so, he said, for two reasons: First, because he believes adversity is a part of athletics and running from it would have set a bad example for his players. And second, because he knew his team would improve as it matured, and he wanted to be there to see that process through.