TROY, Ohio (WDTN) — The Troy Trojan football team hasn’t played Tippecanoe for 31 years, but both teams will see a familiar face coaching on the sidelines.
For 27 seasons, Charlie Burgbacher was the head coach for Tippecanoe High School. In 2015 — Burgbacher left the school, to take a job at Troy High School as an assistant coach.
“When he left it was pretty emotional for all of us. We all hated to see him go, but we’re glad to get back on the field with him,” Cade Rogers, a senior football player at Tippecanoe High School said.
He left after more than a quarter of a century at the helm after his son took the head coach position at Troy High.
“Ultimately for me the biggest thing is that I get to do something every day that I love to do. And I get to do it with my dad,” Matt Burgbacher said.
Now, Charlie is an assistant to his son.
“It’s kind of special. Being able to coach with one of you own,” Charlie said.
Both admit — preparing for Friday night’s contest against Tippecanoe has been tough. Matt Burgbacher, Troy High School’s football coach, is a Tipp City graduate. He played for Tippecanoe when his dad was the coach.
For Charlie, the move from head coach to an assistant has come with its fair share of discipline.
“That’s part of the territory. He’s the head coach, he’s ultimately responsible. If I get yelled at it’s probably for something I didn’t do. Or I probably deserved it.”
It’s that discipline that extends to players on both sides of the field.
“We just want to go out and show him that we still have the discipline he taught us when we were sophomores,” Quenten Williams, a senior at Tippecanoe High School said.
For the first time in 31 years–Troy will play Tipp City.
And a father and son will be on the sideline to coach it all.