Adam Colman, the varsity football head coach at Burbank High School, announced his resignation Nov. 7 to prioritize his health and family.
Colman made the announcement on the social media platform X, formerly known as Twitter.
“I am still a teacher at the school, so I’ll help out if they really need me to, like lifting and offseason stuff, but I need some time away to try and enjoy life,” Colman told the Leader. “I got this job at 23 and I’ve spent my 20s as a head football coach. It’s been great and an awesome experience but there is a lot more to life, too. I just got married this summer and dealing with some back issues the last 10 years, so I’m just trying to get healthy and spend time with loved ones.”
Colman was a three-year varsity player for the Bulldogs between 2008 and 2011, and his coaching position marked a full-circle moment. Colman took over as head coach in 2017 after previously serving as an assistant to his predecessor Richard Broussard. Colman led the program to a 33-37 overall record, a 22-16 Pacific League record, three playoff appearances and one outright league title during his tenure.
“I never thought I could nor really wanted to be the head coach,” he said. “I came in as a little 13-year-old just wanting to play football. Because of my coaches and teachers at the school, when I finished up college I wanted to get back. I came back to give back to the kids and try to make an impact on their lives the way my coaches impacted me.”
Colman said he does not intend to seek a new head coaching position in the near future, and will continue teaching at his high school alma mater.
First published in the November 11 print issue of the Burbank Leader.