Mike Uremovich: 'Turns out that was terrible advice'
Posted by: Josh Kendall on Thursday January 17, 2013
Posted by: Josh Kendall on January 17, 2013
When Mike Uremovich wanted to get into coaching, he turned to what he thought was the best possible source - his high school coach. Uremovich was headed to Purdue, which meant the end of his playing days since he wasn't Division I material.
"I said, 'I want to coach college football, what should I do?' He said, 'Start coaching now.' Turns out it was terrible advice," Uremovich said. "I found out all these guys in coaching were Division III and Division II."
Instead of that Uremovich worked as an assistant at two high schools while in college and turned that into a grad assistant position at Northern Illinois when he received his diploma. Uremovich is the new offensive line coach at N.C. State, but it didn't come quickly or easily. He had stops at Waynesburg College and the University of St. Francis along the way.
"When you (start at the bottom), you have an appreciation of some of the things, that maybe if you didn't work at the lower level, you might take for granted," Uremovich said. "It teaches you how to do things the hard way. At the Division III level, the head coach is painting the field, they're driving the bus, they're doing the laundry, they're planning the travel so you really learn what it takes to run a football program the right way."
Josh Kendall is a staff writer for CoachingSearch.com and has covered the SEC for more than 15 years for papers such as the Athens Banner-Herald, Macon Telegraph, and The State. He’s the father of two boys who he’s hoping don’t inherit his wide receiver frame and offensive guard feet. Follow @EyeOnCoaches on twitter and send your feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org