There’s never an easy way to explain personal decisions. But that’s what I’ll try to do here.
In an attempt to not bury the lede ... This week will be my last at the Courier-Tribune.
After a very fast and enjoyable four months, I will be leaving the paper to pursue a position outside of journalism.
Working at the CT was truly a blessing. My co-workers dedicate their lives to producing quality community journalism and were always willing to lend a helping hand during my time here.
They’re also quality people, and that’s important. That’s part of why this change will be hard.
Another reason is the idea of leaving journalism and full-time sports writing. Getting paid to attend sporting events and write about student-athletes and teams was somewhat of a dream.
I joined the student newspaper at Benedictine College to gauge my interest in the profession, thanks in large part to my daily observation of the Kansas City Star’s sports section growing up. A lot of great opportunities materialized during and after college, and there are so many people to thank for that.
Leaving that behind may not be easy, but I’m extremely motivated for my next opportunity, one that allows me to continue writing.
My faith and family were at the forefront of this decision, much like any other decision I’ve made in my life.
It was about family when I accepted the sports editor position here at the CT. It was about family when I left a previous job that allowed my wife, son and me to return to our hometown of Overland Park, Kansas. It’s always been about family.
I will always be grateful for the opportunity to cover sports in the communities of Kearney, Liberty and Smithville. In my short time, I’ve realized that there are some great people that reside here. And I’m bummed that I was only around long enough to meet a fraction of you all.
To all the athletes, coaches, athletic directors, game officials, school volunteers and parents — thank you.
Thank you for allowing me to tell a few of your stories.