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Longtime Youth Football Coach Steps Down

Would you like to congratulate or thank Eric Peters Sr.?

Longtime youth football coach Eric Peters recently stepped down from his position and circulated the following letter.

Novato Youth Football & Cheer

Board of Directors

Parents and Players

To Whom It May Concern: 

The first year I was part of the program my youngest son Chris played for Novato Pop Warner, which was 17 years ago. After spending that season on the sideline I decided to step up by getting involved in the program and I became the head coach of the Mighty Bees. That was 16 years ago.

When I began my career with Novato Pop Warner Football and Cheer I had a vision, a personal goal. My vision and personal goal was to not only coach these 7, 8 and 9 year olds in football but also to give them life goals. I wanted these boys to learn discipline, respect, and most of all self-confidence. You see the world is made up of everyday players and these young people need to know that their goal in life is — to be the best they can be and become part of the team as a whole. The team is not just an athletic team but the worldly team they will move on with in life. There are only a handful of stars in life and without the everyday players the stars can’t function. This is true in football and in life.

There have been over 500 young people that have played for me over the years. Each child came with his own set of issues and some needed more patience than others. I know I have given them the best I had to give. There are parents of boys who have gone on to college who still thank me for my contribution to their sons.

That all being said please accept this letter as my immediate resignation. It has been a fun ride but it is time for me to retire and move on. My wife and I wish Novato Youth Football & Cheer the best in the future.

Sincerely,

Coach Eric J Peters Sr.

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Jeffrey Schaub January 10, 2013 at 01:20 PM
What a great man. A terrific human being. Eric coached my youngest son in Pop Warner. And we instantly loved him. It's always fun to run into Eric and his lovely wife Fridays at STAR restaurant. It's wonderful people like "coach" that make me feel very proud to live in "small town" Novato!
Gregory Mack January 10, 2013 at 03:16 PM
Thank you Eric for all your effort, expertise and most all, love for the kids. You are the rock of the Novato Pop Warner program and clearly earned your long time title: "The Dean of Mighty Mite Coaches." Novato needs more people like to volunteer to teach life lessons to to the young kids in our town, regardless of the sport involved. My association with you over the last 14 years with three kids has been memorable and transformative. As Rudy notes above, my 20 year old still has fond memories of his first three years of football playing under your guidance. It's been a great ride.
LeRoy McGrue January 10, 2013 at 04:44 PM
Thank you so much for your love, support, and commitment to excellence within the Novato football community. Your love for the "Student Athlete" was second to none, I will always be thankful for the lessons Isaiah learned from you specifically to never quit no matter how hard the task. I look forward to supporting you now in your next adventure and continuing our friendship. Congratulations Coach!!! Gru
Kolleen Pahland January 10, 2013 at 06:28 PM
As a parent of an athlete in the program, it watched with absolute pleasures as Eric coached my son Matthew last season. Not only did my son learn the fundamentals of football, but what truly resonates through Eric’s coaching was his personal emphasis on life lessons & character building. He taught and reinforced structure, discipline, the importance of academics and teamwork. As a mom of an active 8 year old boy, I was in awe of his ability to continually motivate, capture, and maintain the attention and focus of twenty-eight 8 to 9 year old boys suited up ready to RUMBLE! This is NOT an easy task. Eric always showed professionalism on and off the field, finding positive words and motivation for his squad no matter the outcome of each game. If you have ever been in a huddle with Eric, he is inspiring to say the least. His fun loving, gentle spirit is contagious, these qualities quickly aided his ability to bond and transmit his true message, “life lessons”, to young children on a level they could understand. Eric Peters Sr. resignation comes with a heavy heart for those of us active in Novato Youth Football, you will be greatly missed. There is nothing but respect, admiration for this one man who I have no doubt deeply effected players and families for the last two decades. Eric, thank you for your dedication, your legacy will live on for years to come as a shining example of our program and what a coach truly represents.
Matt Pavone January 13, 2013 at 08:52 PM
Thank you Coach Eric for all you have done over the years for the youth of Novato. Matt & Karen Pavone (Ryan)

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