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November 18, 2008 - Zach Baker
It was about 8:45 p.m. when Seneca East Athetic Director Joe Zirger called the A-T's sports office. He had some surprising news.
Frank Lamoreaux, who had coached Seneca East's football team for a dozen years, was stepping down.
A few minutes later I called Frank. He confirmed it. There was nothing left to do then but have an interview.
Here's the problem. The Browns game was underway, and Frank and I are fans. We talked about his resignation, but would cut out every now and then, commenting on the game we were watching.
Lamoreaux has always been a great interview for me. He speaks his mind, is thoughtful, and always interesting. He's been nothing but wonderful to me in my four years here.
What I have always admired about Lamoreaux is how he is after games. He is always willing to talk about any situation in a game. He never gave me talking points, but insight into how a play happened and why it happened, even after a loss.
As a reporter, you can't ask for much more.
His resignation marks not only the end of an era at Seneca East, but one in the entire Midland Athletic League. He was the conference's longest-tenured coach. He had an overall winning record and a playoff appearance to his credit.
After a good conversation, I thanked Lamoreaux for the time. He'll coach baseball in the spring, so this wasn't goodbye.
A few minutes later I called Zirger to get his thoughts. He summed up what I was thinking perfectly.
"Fridays in the fall won't be the same," he said.
It's true. How many coaches could I cheer up after a loss by telling them about an Indians' playoff win?
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