Thank you, Foxes

Thursday, July 7 2016

I have been directly involved with Yorkville High School’s cross country and track & field teams as an athlete and a coach for 15 years. Over that time, I have seen the programs reach unbelievable heights, and have seen countless athletes improve and grow into great people. I have relished in the successes of our athletes — it has provided me with immense personal satisfaction, and provided countless happy memories.


That is why my choice to resign as head track and field coach and assistant cross country coach is one of the most difficult decisions I have ever had to make.


My decision has left me with mixed emotions, however. I’m truly excited for my new job opportunity and what it represents for my family and professional growth. It had to take such a great opportunity to pull me away from my passion for coaching.


But this is not a firm goodbye. I don’t think I’m capable of completely separating myself from a program that has meant so much to my life.


I will continue working on the team website and social media, as well as planning and some behind-the-scenes tasks. I hope to be around at practices and meets as often as I can, but I must be careful not to over promise anything at this point — It’s simply too early in the process to know or speculate, and I still want to have time with my family.


One hopes to leave something better than when you began, and I feel I accomplished this in my time with YHS. I also know the programs will be in great hands, which does soften this blow a bit for me. We have one of the best coaching staffs in the state, and I don’t think many can disagree. Whoever takes my roles will have a ready-made set of experts ready to take the teams to even greater heights in the future.


Finally, I will miss the day-to-day interactions with our incredible athletes. You were the reason I looked forward to 3 p.m. every day. I wish you nothing but the best going forward, and encourage you to reach out to me if you ever need anything.


I'm so grateful for the memories,


Ben Draper