It’s a job that comes with a lot of perks.
It’s a job that comes with a lot of pressure.
It’s the position of head football coach at Northwestern.
The job now belongs to Stephen Field, as the first-time head coach was hired by the school Wednesday.
Field replaces Billy Rolle, who in his two stints at Northwestern won two state championships (1998 and 2007) and a mythical national championship in 2007.
Rolle resigned from the position in December, a month after the Bulls finished 7-3 and failed to make the playoffs for the first time in 20 years.
Northwestern athletic director Hector Gray said the Field proved himself to be the most qualified — beating out seven other strong candidates.
“We felt like he was the best man for the job and we’re confident in his ability to lead the program,” Gray said.
Though Field hasn’t held the rank of head coach, he does bring vast coaching experience.
Field, 34, was the running backs coach at Hampton University from 2009 to 2010, he also worked with Randy Shannon at Miami as a graduate assistant in 2007 and 2008. Field also was the offensive coordinator of the 2005 state championship Belle Glade Glades Central team and held various position jobs at Deerfield Beach (2004) and Central (2001-2003).
Field, a Palm Beach native, said he is ecstatic for the opportunity to coach at Northwestern.
“I can’t begin to explain my excitement,” Field said. “I want to do so many positive things at the school, with the football program, and the community. I know the pressure that comes along with being the coach of such a high-profile program; but I feel if I lead by example and do positive things, everything will fall in place like it should.”
The shelves are never bare at a program like Northwestern, so Field walks into a program with high expectations and fierce district competition with rival Central and Belen Jesuit — both of whom the Bulls lost to in 2010.
Field said he is still in the process of building his staff, but was already certain of what fans can expect from his team.
“We’re going to be an explosive offense and really pressure teams with our tempo,” Field said. “We’re going to spread teams out and do some special things. I want to go above and beyond for my players and for the community.”