Longtime Division II Coach Retires on the Field Before Walking to His Car Alone

By Kevin Harrish on October 30, 2018 at 11:59 am
Epic Retirement.

Legendary Divison II head coach Denny Douds had what might be the most epic retirement announcements of all time.

With his East Stroudsburg Warriors trailing at the end of the fourth quarter in their final home game of the season, Douds called called an illegal fourth timeout, forcing the officials to call a penalty and a 10-second runoff.

He then gathered his players, told them he was retiring, and tipped his cap as he walked off the field and to his car by himself.

"I nudged the official in front of me and I said, 'Sir, we are going to call a fourth timeout. I know that is illegal, you're going to penalize it, but that's OK. I am retiring,'" Douds told WNEP16. "I called timeout with four seconds to go, blew the whistle, the kids came in and I told them this is what we are doing."

Before his retirement, Douds was the winningest active coach in any level of NCAA college football after spending 45 seasons as East Stroudsburg's head coach, during which time he coached current Penn State head coach James Franklin.

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