When hired, Cary football head coach Kurt Glendenning told athletics director Michael Dunphy that he would not have to be fired. As Dunphy’s predecessor, he would know when it was time to step aside and hand it to someone else.
On Tuesday, Glendenning stepped down after two years, “for personal reasons,” according to Dunphy. The Imps went 0-11 last season after going 4-7 in Glendenning’s first year.
“It was a really, really difficult decision for me. I thought it was going to happen later than sooner,” Glendenning said. “It was a down year, and there were a lot of variables that contributed to that, but I felt like my contribution probably was not going to improve towards making the team better. I had maxed out my abilities.”
Glendening said there were a few factors that hurt this season. Cary had six coaches for varsity and junior varsity, about half of what most Wake County teams have on staff.
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He added that many players missed practice time due to injuries or other extenuating circumstances, like not having rides.
“It almost got comical throughout the week of who was going to be gone for what reasons. It was hard to get any chemistry going, any kind of flow, much less any kind of starting lineup,” Glendenning said.
Glendenning is a member of the Cary High Sports Hall of Fame after serving for decades as the school’s athletic trainer and athletics director. He resigned as AD and became an assistant football coach to Ben Kolstad for two seasons, then took over the program after Kolstad left for Sanderson.
“It was very ambitious of me in the first place to try to be a head coach. I’m just very gracious to Mike Dunphy and (then-principal) Doug Thilman for giving me the opportunity. I feel like we did really well in some areas that doesn’t really show up on the scoreboard or on our record,” Glendenning said. “They played (hard) until the final seconds of the fourth quarter of the 11th game.”
He said he would like to be a position coach again for the next coach.
Dunphy said the school will be looking to hire someone as soon as possible.