Russ Huesman Bids Emotional Farewell to UTC Program
Chattanooga-(WDEF) Mocs head football coach Russ Huesman decided to leave Chattanooga this week after eight seasons in order to take the head coaching job at Richmond, where he used to serve as a defensive coordinator.
Since Huesman was the architect of an incredible turn-around at UTC, saying good-bye was not easy.
Said Huesman:”The hardest phone call I made was to (UTC President) Dr. (Steven) Angle when I decided to take the Richmond job.”
It was a gut wrenching decision for Huesman to leave his alma mata, but he couldn’t say no Richmond.
Said Huesman:”I would not have taken another FCS job other than back at Richmond. I did not leave and I’m not leaving because of money, or how I was treated. I was treated fantastic. In the back of my mind I just kept thinking I need a new challenge. I’m 56. Been here eight years. I don’t want to be stale. I don’t want my football team to be stale. I want new challenges.”
Huesman says Richmond University president Ronald Crutcher helped seal his decision to become the Spiders new head coach.
Said Huesman:”After the conversation he looked at me and said, I really want you to be our football coach here. I think at that point and time I think I said, yeah, I think this is what I want to do.”
Leaving Chattanooga was hard, especially given the success Huesman had.
He certainly ‘Restored The Glory’ with three SoCon titles and three trips to the playoffs.
Said Huesman:”Every time I get to sit in front of this camera and somebody pats me on the back, I owe it to our football team and our players.”
Huesman expects the Mocs to hire a winner for their new head coach, and Huesman already is wishing him luck at least for one game.
Huesman:”You know this is my alma mater. I’m going to be rooting for them to just destroy Jacksonville State. Destroy them.”