Shawn Billker’s surprise resignation Thursday as the Dalton football coach came after he said he had a “once-in-a-lifetime” chance to go back to North Canton Hoover. Billker was chosen out of a field of 60 applicants to take the Dalton job after HOFer Bob Ramsay retired, but coached there just one year before going back to his old gig as a teacher and asssitant coach at Hoover. It really begs the question why did Billker come to Dalton in the first place if he was looking to go back to Hoover so soon? Also, why wouldn’t he get another offer at Hoover in a few years if he’s a talented teacher and coach? It seemed like an odd fit to begin with coming from Div. I Hoover to Div. VI Dalton, where the Dawgs suit up about a quarter of the play
ers. However, when I asked Billker about it last year he said no matter the size of the program, “Football is football.” And anywhere there’s football it’s a tough blow to a program to lose its coach just a month before the season. I’m giving Billker the benefit of the doubt that it was, as he said, an opportunity that he didn’t think he’d get again to go back to Hoover, and that it didn’t have anything to do with the fact Dalton has just three starters approximately back on both sides of the ball. Good luck to Billker … and good luck to new Dalton head coach Mike Doty, who was promoted from D-coordinator, as he tries to lead a team that will have to shake off a tough blow. Dalton teams are always small, but tough and I’m sure they’ll give it their all this fall.