Is Bill Tribou returning to Horace Greeley or did he never leave? You could probably answer either and be right.
With the Quakers set to host their summer camp next week, I caught up with Tribou today to get the story on his return to the sideline. As you probably know, Tribou said he had coached his last game after his team lost to Harrison 6-0 in the Class A championship game in November.
“Right now, I’m no longer the Horace Greeley head coach,” Tribou said at the time.
He had actually arrived at the decision a year before, and said family considerations and a promise to his mother led to that resignation. Indeed, Tribou told me his mother, who is 95, moved from her home in Gloucester, Mass., to live with him and his wife so they could care for her.
“I wasn’t going to allow that to be dumped on my wife because of the amount of time I put in with the Greeley football program,” Tribou said.
The move occurred around Thanksgiving. The Tribou family reconstructed their home to make the ground floor more friendly, but it wasn’t enough. After about four months, Tribou’s mother moved to a nursing home in Massachusetts.
“In the four months that she lived in my home, she fell six times,” Tribou said. “It just became so cumbersome. My wife had just retired and she ended up having to be a 24-hour nurse, and nobody should have to do that.”
With his mom headed to what he felt was a better place, Tribou was lured back into coaching by the team’s senior star, quarterback Justin Ciero. Tribou received a text from Ciero during the holidays that said he wanted to return to the championship. Ciero believed he needed Tribou to accomplish that goal.
“I mulled it over and mulled it over,” Tribou said. “I eventually told Justin I was going to return.”
Tribou, who has two more years until he is eligible to retire, said he sought advice from his mentor, Tony DeMatteo. The Somers coach asked Tribou how long he had until he retired? Two years. So DeMatteo told Tribou he wouldn’t be happy unless he spent that time coaching football.
“That was it,” Tribou said. “Very simple.”
Although Tribou has been busy with the team already, he returns to the field for real as a coach on June 30. That’s when Greeley will host its four-day camp before beginning summer break.