Karcher not coming to The King’s Academy
When a fairly big-name college coach took the top job for The King’s Academy’s football program, to some it appeared too good to be true.
Apparently, it was.
Ken Karcher, a one-time NFL quarterback and offensive coordinator for the University of Pittsburgh, has “rescinded his commitment” to TKA, according to Walter Grubb, the school’s president and headmaster.
Just last Tuesday Karcher, who’d been the offensive coordinator at Eastern Michigan before his November firing, was announced as the Lions’ replacement for Matt Evans, who’d resigned to return to Gatlinburg-Pittman as an assistant.
Wednesday night Grubb issued a press release stating that Karcher had changed his mind about coming to The King’s Academy.
“Just one week ago, Karcher enthusiastically announced his commitment to join TKA,” Grubb said. “He and his wife, Pauline, were to be on campus February 1, 2013, each to assume new roles with the private boarding and day school in Seymour.”
Grubb said that in conversations with TKA Athletic Director Marc Weekly this past weekend, Karcher started talking about another job offer he’d received.
“Earlier this week, Karcher called Weekly to tell him he would not be coming to TKA,” Grubb continued. “It is believed, but not confirmed, that Karcher has accepted a head football coaching position at a college in Mississippi. The Karchers have two children attending college in Mississippi.”
Grubb passed on a statement from Karcher, who was still at his home in Saline, Mich.
“It is with deep regret that our family will not be joining The King’s Academy family,” Karcher said. “We appreciate everything that the school did to accommodate our family. After much prayer and consideration we decided that our current family dynamics require us to pursue other opportunities.”
While disappointed, Grubb said the Academy would move forward with its plans of improving the school’s athletic programs.
“We had already engaged in discussions with several other candidates, and we will continue to seek the right person for the job,” Grubb said.
“There are too many good things happening at The King’s Academy for us to be upset by Ken’s decision,” he said. “We wish the Karchers the best God has planned for them. God is ultimately in control, and we trust Him in these matters.”