The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa


June 18, 2014

Camanche resumes the football coaching search

CAMANCHE — The Camanche football playbook has changed before the Indians ever ran a play for Bob Matthys.

Hired in May after Steve Dougherty stepped down as head football at the school, Matthys had second thoughts about the job — and the commitment needed for it — decided the timing wasn’t right and submitted his resignation.

“This is one of things that happens in our business,” Camanche activities director Todd Borrison said.

“I was really excited; it was my dream position,” said Matthys, who has served as an assistant football coach at Davenport Assumption and offensive coordinator at Davenport Central. “But it was probably a year or two too early.”

Matthys cited family concerns as the reason for his decision.

“My mom is 72, and my dad is 70. I’m divorced, and the kids live with me,” he explained, noting that he would count on his parents for child rearing because of the time required to do the job would . “I was dumping a lot on my mom and dad. It wasn’t the right time.”

Matthys, who also serves as the Assumption softball coach, said he was “gung ho” for the job.

“I had met the (Camanche) kids,” he said. “I was excited with the kids coming back.”

Borrison already has begun the interview process for a successor and said he might have a replacement yet this week.

“We’re hoping to find someone with experience who is the right fit,” Borrison said, adding that it also would be good to find someone who can fill one of the teaching openings at the school.

Dougherty had been the head coach since 2006. The Indians went through a 38-game losing streak before ending it in 2010. Not only did the losing streak end in 2010, the Indians went on and made the playoffs that season.

“From where we were at when he came in, he got the numbers up and the kids excited to get to the playoffs,” Borrison said. “It’s a credit to him. The next coach will have the challenge to take it to the next level.”

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