It takes an incredible amount of time to be a high school football coach under today's IHSAA guidelines.
Practice for the season begins before school starts, often taking place during some of the warmest days of the year. To lead a competitive team, the head coach must also spend time with the players during the summer.
A head coach who is also a teacher has precious little free time when he isn't either teaching or coaching or both.
Randy Albano has served as a head football coach for 27 seasons. He is one of a very small group to be the head varsity coach of the same sport at Madison Heights, Highland and Anderson high schools.
Now he is no longer the head football coach at Anderson, having been fired from that position by the Anderson Community Schools board this past week. Albano will retain his position as a teacher in the school system.
In his five years at the AHS helm he had an 18-23 record. This past season the Indians were 4-7. All four of those wins were over North Central Conference foes. The average winning margin was 25.5 points. The seven losses were by an average margin of 27 points.
His overall head coaching record is 119-142.
Albano has given his teams an opportunity for success for most of his coaching career. He did it despite the fact that football has never rivaled the popularity and success of basketball in Anderson. That fact alone has often made it difficult for him to persuade the school's best athletes to play football.
His concern for the well-being of his players always carried beyond the time spent on the football field. His dedication will be greatly missed in this community where his name is synonymous with the sport.
Now Anderson High School faces what will likely be an uphill battle to find a replacement.