Dear Ron English,
Thank you for your service as the Eastern Michigan University Head Football Coach. During your time at Eastern you have brought many gifts and growth to the program. These items include but aren’t limited to a state of the art indoor practice facility, a brand new locker room, multiple new sets of uniforms and experience from the top level of college football.
Eastern Michigan University is not the most attractive coaching job in the land. It’s located in a downtrodden city called Ypsilanti. This is a low income city with limited support from surrounding areas. It is ten minutes away from Ann Arbor, Michigan, home of the Wolverines and most people at that University would never step foot in this city.
Yes there are plenty of gangs, yes the Ypsilanti locals can be risque and yes it is not uncommon to hear police sirens at any given hour of the day. However Eastern Michigan University is just a tiny portion of this city and doesn’t deserve to be victimized and judged by its surroundings. Eastern is a school thriving with students and future leaders that want to make a difference in the world.
As result of these factors among many more, Eastern Michigan will never be a national draw for coaches or recruits. Despite Ypsilanti’s track record, you, Ron English came here to coach our football team. You coached your heart out from the moment of your arrival. And yes a mistake was made, which is why a change was mandated.
Change is always rough and it is not the end of the road. You apologized, didn’t hide anything and will move on from this. Football is in your blood and the coach inside will never leave you. Good luck in your future endeavors from Eastern Michigan University, your home for the last four years. Wins and losses do not measure the impact a coach can have on its players and you showed that. We will continue to be rapacious.
Thank you again for your perseverance, hard work and dedication,
An Eastern Michigan University Alumni