Jim Pappas, a coach, teacher and athletics director for 37 years, resigned from Cedar Ridge High on April 1. He was the second person hired when the Orange County school opened in 2002. During his career, he was athletics director and coached football, basketball, baseball, tennis and golf.
Q. That’s a lot of sports.
A. When I started, you always coached two or three sports a year. Whatever needed to be coached, you coached it. I enjoyed it.
Q. April 1 seems to be an unusual time to retire. Why now?
A. I just felt like it was time. One of the big things was that I wanted to open the position and give the school a chance to begin filling it.
Q. Where have you coached?
A. I started at Bartlett-Yancey High, went to Pinecrest in Southern Pines, then (Pittsboro) Northwood and then came here. It was exciting to open the school and get the athletics program established. I tried to put my stamp on things. I wanted it to be done right.
Q. What was the best part of coaching?
A. The relationships. You have the relationships with the students, but I always really enjoyed the relationships with the other coaches. They were my best friends. I enjoyed working with the N.C. Coaches Association and the high school athletic association and the athletic directors. They were just great people.
Q. What’s next?
A. I don’t know. Maybe I’ll sit out a few months and want to get back into coaching. I have had a few phone calls about doing other things, but nothing definite. It was just time to step away for at least a while.