Granby head coach Larry Archie (Photo: Lance Hinton/recruit757)
Football season may be on hiatus, but Larry Archie is back at Granby
by Andy Hilton, recruit757
After the 2019 football season, Granby head coach Larry Archie announced that he would step down after one season with the Comets.
He was a great “get” for Granby, but circumstances forced Archie into stepping down. For the most part, it was a lack of convenience that led him to the decision at the time. Archie was still working in Portsmouth so he commuted back and forth every day for the small stipend that high school coaches get.
A new position in Norfolk Public Schools has led Archie to reconsider his decision and he has signed on to coach the Comets once again.
“The decision to come back for me was to have a School Counseling job with Norfolk Public Schools. When a job in the system became available the decision was made to return. Once I fulfilled my obligation in Portsmouth, I started October 5th with Norfolk Public Schools,” Archie explained. “I am at Madison Alternative School. The commute last year was just unfortunate and too much at this point in my career. I thought it was unfair to the kids and me. I live on (the Norfolk) side, so not paying tolls is a plus.”
Now Archie is back in the saddle as the head football coach at Granby, but his return is far from normal. First of all, getting a head coaching position in October is odd, but there’s no football season. In fact, the students aren’t in school so his contact with the football team has been minimal.
“I think the COVID-19 Protocol set up by NPS Athletics and implemented by our trainer and athletic director is going well and keeping athletes and staff safe. We are meeting three days a week and treating this time as off-season conditioning. We’re working on the little things to build on as we get closer to actually playing. The changes are significant, but we are adjusting and following guidelines that will keep everyone involved safe. Making adjustments is a big part of football, players get to see early how we can adjust and overcome any situation if we work together within the program that has been set for us.”
That really does sum it up when it comes to the game of football in this strange time. Everyone is adjusting, and that comes with life and football.
– Andy Hilton