Cumberland Times-News

Opinion

November 14, 2013

Towson coach’s return to city was a great experience for all

I would just like to thank everyone for such a warm welcome and support the weekend of Nov 2-3. My team, their, parents and coach’s commented on how nice everyone was and how great everything was.

It truly was a great feeling and honor to coach back in my hometown and I cannot even express in words how much all of the kind words said about me meant.

I’ve always been proud of where I have come from and am thankful for all the opportunities and guidance I have been given by my family, friends, coaches, and teachers.

Those experiences and opportunities given to me as a young man from those named above has helped me through various stages of my life (graduating from Frostburg State, earning a teaching position, graduating with a master’s degree from Johns Hopkins, teaching, coaching football), and has been significantly influential in the way I try to help others.

Saturday was a great experience for all involved and it truly was an experience I know my student athletes will never forget. An experience I am glad I was able to share with them.

I wanted the young men I coach to experience even if for one day; what I experienced as a player for four years. The compassion and support shown by everyone involved demonstrated to others why I have such admiration and love for my hometown.

Cumberland is a great place, with great people, and rich tradition that was exhibited in its’ truest forms on Saturday. Again words cannot describe how truly thankful I am and lucky to have grown up in Cumberland.

With love, respect, and admiration,

Chad Knippenberg

Baltimore

FALS special education program, head football coach, Towson High School

 

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