Just over two months later and George Curry doesn't sound like a guy missing retirement.
"I'm going at it like a wildman," Curry said. "I don't believe I'm doing this at 68 years old."
Curry's second stint as head coach of Berwick finally takes flight at 7 p.m. today when his Dawgs play at Crestwood to open the Wyoming Valley Conference football season.
Curry said losing 40 pounds after some health issues invigorated him. He didn't mention it, but being on the sideline for a 43rd season and not in front of a television camera probably has as well.
Curry did a weekly high school football show for WNEP-TV with former Riverside and Pittston Area coach Steve Armillay. He talked to his old TV chum Thursday about his return.
"I just got off the phone with Armillay," said Curry, who was hired June 12 on an interim basis to replace Gary Campbell. "I said, ‘Remember when I told you guys there is no way I'd be coaching again.' I really got into that media stuff. I enjoyed it, covering the games and going around seeing all the teams. I was still involved in it that way.
"Now, it just consumes you. I never thought I'd be back. I gave everything away. Crestwood has my playbook. One of their assistant coaches was on my staff."
About to begin his 43rd year as a head coach and after a Pennsylvania-record 413 victories, Curry probably has that playbook memorized. But he doesn't want tonight's game focused on his return, but rather his players.
The Dawgs, Curry said, have been working hard the past few months. The players have digested his system extremely quick and attendance at offseason workouts and practices has been outstanding.
The mental aspect has been going so well that new starting quarterback C.J. Curry has occasionally corrected his grandfather on the verbiage used to call some plays.
"I told them it's not about me, it's about family, it's about the football team," Curry said. "I'm not the only guy who has to work. We all have to work. I don't play the game, you guys play the game. I'm there, you're there, we'll accomplish a lot."
Curry likes what he has seen thus far in two scrimmages. C.J. has developed nicely and will have veteran receivers in seniors Will Masteller, Zach Ladonis, Jake Pecorelli and Jeff Stuber. Senior tight end Brandon Dalberto provides a big target.
Berwick, though, suffered a setback on the offensive line. Senior Gavin Harter will be sidelined for a few weeks due to an injury. Curry was counting on Harter's veteran presence to be a stabilizing force on the young offensive line.
Berwick at Crestwood
Central Mountain at Williamsport
Hazleton Area at Scranton
Holy Redeemer at Northwest
Lakeland at GAR
Mid Valley at Hanover Area
Old Forge at Lake-Lehman
at Wyoming Area
Meyers at Holy Cross, 1 p.m.
Pittston Area at
Abington Heights, 1 p.m.
Wyoming Valley West at
Dallas, 1 p.m.
at Coughlin, 7 p.m.
Final 2011 records are in parentheses.
1. Dunmore (10-1)…One-point upset loss ended what was a strong season.
2. Scranton (8-4)…District 2 Class 4A champ brings back a lot of talent.
3. Berwick (9-3)…Young line must mature in order for successful season.
4. Delaware Valley (7-4)…Seven starters return to a powerful offense.
5. Dallas (10-2)…Two losses last season were by a total of seven points.
6. Wyoming Valley West (9-2)…Lot of talent gone, but a lot returns.
7. Wyoming Area (7-4)…Defense needs to play better against top opponents.
8. GAR (11-2)…Two-time D2-2A champion needs to find skill guys.
9. Scranton Prep (7-4)…Knocked off some big boys late last year.
10. Old Forge (10-3)…D2-A champion looks very strong in the trenches.
11. Riverside (7-5)…A program that rarely has an off year.
12. Abington Heights (3-7)…Out to prove that 2011 was a fluke season.
13. Coughlin (5-6)…Powerful running game shouldn't miss a beat.
14. Mid Valley (6-5)…Needs to play better against the LFC elite.
15. Lakeland (5-6)…Solid group returns to a team that lost close games.