PETTIS ON THE RECORD: Former Crestview athletic director tells all

Published: Friday, March 1, 2013 at 05:00 PM.

I love working with coach (Dexter) Day (CHS assistant principal); he's a great disciplinarian.

I thought it was a good work environment. The teachers here are great teachers. It was a great working environment.

But Mr. Coleman leaving when I first got hired — that does throw you back a little: the guy that hired you, he's gone.

When I got done with the interview (at Crestview) for the first time, I was driving home and I was going to stay at my lake house (in the area), but I said, 'I'm going to go all the way back to DeLand.'

The booster club at DeLand was calling me when I was on my way over here and they said, "You don't have to worry about it. We can get you close to the money they are giving you and a lot of different things."

I was taking it all in as I was going back and I just didn't feel right. And I told my wife when I got back, "I'm going to withdraw from the job. I don't want the job. Something is telling me to stay here."

There was something tugging at me and finally on Sunday, when my son left to go back to college and it about killed me ... and him being five hours away or whatever it is, and I said, "Dad gum, I'm going to get closer to Trey."

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