East Alton-Wood River head football coach Joe Parmentier decided that it was time to put the cleats away and put the "Help Wanted" sign up in the window following the 2014 season.
After 33 years of coaching on the gridiron, Parmentier felt it was time and the right thing to do for himself and his players.
"It's not because I don't love these kids or that I don't want to coach anymore," Parmentier said. "My knee has finally given out and called it quits for me. I'm having a knee replacement because the pain has just become too much to bare. They need a coach that will have the time to be there for them. I can't expect them to give me 110% if I can't give that back to them in return."
Coaching is in the blood in the Parmentier family as Joe's father has over 60 years coaching and his younger brother Michael has already logged 23 years giving the Parmentier men 116 years combined leading the charge on the sidelines.
"He (Parmentier) has tried to retire from coaching two or three times now," said EA-WR Athletic Director Adam Miller. "It's in his blood. He is so dedicated to the kids. He's coached football, basketball and tennis. The kids are just as dedicated to him as he is to them."
Faith, family and football has always been the motto in the Parmentier home, but the coach said it is time to let the first two take priority.
"My daughter, Taylor is in seventh grade this year and she is an active player on the junior high basketball team," Parmentier said. "I want to have time to be dad and support her in her games. I love seeing my kids grow up and to have time to be there in their lives and get myself healthy is my priority."
EA-WR is currently accepting applications for the head coach position and both Miller and Parmentier agree that the person chosen for the position will be in a good position.
"The trials the Oilers have gone through throughout the seasons have shown one thing, dedication." Miller said. "The individual that will become the head coach will have a great team to start with. How our players will stick through the challenges says a lot."
Parmentier will continue as the Oiler boys' tennis coach for the 2014-2015 season as he deals with his knee pain.
"Coaching tennis is less stress on the mind and body," Parmentier said. "I can actually sit down if needed while coaching tennis. With the demands of football, it was just too much."
Leaving the Oilers after their first season in the Prairie State Conference was the hardest decision that Parmentier could have made.
"It was really hard for me to tell my juniors, I have so many returning next year and I just love those guys," Parmentier said. "I know I'll be around to support them, we've become so close over the last couple of years. I knew that if I didn't give it up now, I never would. Some coach is going to be very fortunate when they get this team and whoever is chosen for the position will have my 110% support."
The Oilers finished 1-8 after the 2014 season and are graduating five seniors.