PLATTSBURGH — Coaches like to call it a career by going out on their own terms.
For longtime Clinton Community College coach Donna Dixon, however, that may not be the case.
She has coached at the college since 1995 and still feels there are plenty of good years left to enjoy what she does.
But on the Friday before this past Thanksgiving, Dixon found out she was one of 10 faculty and non-faculty members at the college who would lose their jobs due to budget cuts.
Dixon works part time as an Admissions Advisor and part time as an athletic coach at Clinton, which adds up to a full-time job.
She could still be hired as a part-time coach, but would have to find another job elsewhere — something Dixon doesn’t want to do.
“I want to stay here,” said Dixon. “I know it’s a tough economy and I couldn’t afford just being a part-time coach here. I couldn’t do that.”
Dixon is in her 18th season as coach at Clinton. She was a part-time soccer coach starting in 1995 and became the full-time coach in 1999. She has been the college’s basketball coach since 1995 and has coached softball on and off for seven years whenever she has been needed to do so.
“I take pride in seeing the kids develop and mature,” she said. “Wins are great, but it’s not everything. Most of the athletes we have at Clinton are local kids and it’s great that we have been able to get national recognition for them.
“I’ve been able to advise kids and I still keep in contact with many of them. It’s a little different at a two-year school than at a four-year school because of the turnover rate. But I love coaching and haven’t lost the passion for it.