In the ideal situation, Rich Ellerson might have retired as Army coach following the 2015 season.
Ellerson had talked about coaching at the academy until his son Andrew, an Army sophomore and team’s long snapper, graduated West Point. Army was Ellerson’s dream job, he would tell his fellow Hawaii assistant coaches in the 1980s.
On Sunday night, Ellerson was let go as Army coach after five seasons and a 20-41 career record. What does the future hold for Ellerson?
“I’m not that smart yet,” Ellerson said Sunday night. “We were still playing Navy last night at this time. We’ll see. “
Ellerson ended a question about his future at Army during a postgame press conference Saturday by saying, “I’m a football coach.”
Ellerson’s schemes – the triple-option offense and the double-eagle flex defense (some like to call it the Bear) – are well-respected among the college and high school ranks. High school coaches from around the country would travel the Army’s open practices and ask Ellerson and his assistants questions on the schemes.
Corrigan said Ellerson and his staff will be paid the remaining years on their contract. Ellerson made $401,500 in 2013 with two years left. He doesn’t have to make an immediate decision. But have to think he will land on his feet as an FBS defensive coordinator or FCS head coach if he chooses to do so.