Longtime Riverside head football coach Tom Work said this week that he hasn't made up his mind about whether or not he'll retire, and that he doesn't plan to do so until February (at the earliest).
Before you cast your vote saying that he will or will not retire, consider a couple of things:
1. He has a pretty good team coming back. Nobody at Riverside was happy with the way they were bounced out of the playoffs in the bi-district round, but they did loose to a pretty good Chapin team that was among the best in city history. Even so, you can't help but think coach Work would like to go out in different fashion.
2. The Rangers had as many off-field problems this past season as they had on-field problems with things like injuries. These drive any coach crazy, but it seems like Riverside had more problems -- and bigger problems -- with these kinds of issues than any other team. Don't think coaches don't get tired of that, and parents.
If I was pressed to make a guess, I'd guess that coach Work will retire. His overall body of work as a coach is among the city's best. His teams have gotten as far as any in city history. There is nothing left to prove.
But one thing that can't be underestimated is the so-called "coaching bug." When that's all you've known for so long, it's hard to stop doing it. Why retire early when you do a job you truly enjoy?
So, let the prognosticating begin: Will he or won't he retire?