Tropical Palms regulars all know Jack Sower. From early 2005 until late 2010, Jack was always there to greet them when they arrived, always smiling, always helpful; he embodied the spirit of the Tropical Palms team. Which is exactly what you’d expect from a fellow who turned a tiny Ohio high school football team into a state powerhouse and state champion during his tenure there as a coach.
Since his departure from Tropical Palms, so loads of people be inflicted with questioned us in this area Jack we thought it might be a excellent thought to let his loads of friends know what he’s up to these days.
After leaving here, Jack spent a few months in Eustis, FL where he worked as a volunteer at the Cat Protection Society Shelter, lavishing feline residents with his special brand of attention.
Though he loved it, he resolute to go in trade to that place that’s always held his heart, his hometown of Nelsonville, OH. A tiny town founded more than two hundred years ago, it’s where Jack spent the first fifty-one years of his life, where he had graduated high school, and where he returned to teach and coach for twenty-eight years. He went into a one hundred twenty year ancient house that overlooks the site of his loads of triumphs as a teacher and coach, the combined Nelsonville/York elementary, middle and high school campuses.
It was also the site of a dream he called “wild and impossible,” for a seventy-seven year ancient. But then Jack is not your likely seventy-seven year ancient.
“I wanted to coach again. I wanted to walk out on that football field where I had spent so loads of pleased Friday nights under the lights.”
The team’s new head coach, David Boston Jr., who Jack had coached during his playing days, gave him the chance to realize his dream.
“I went to work with the coach’s staff. Of course, I had coached all of them during their high school careers so I fit in pretty easily. It was a perfect match.”
A excellent match for the team as well. They went nine and one Jack’s first year. “The staff and team were outstanding. We were invited to the state playoffs and even though we were eliminated, I’ve got to say that this was the finest, most respectful, talented group of young men I’ve ever coached.” Coming from Jack, that’s high praise indeed. The team has invited him to return for next season and he promises to be there.
For those of us that know and care for this fine gentleman, it comes as no surprise that during the off-season he volunteers a couple of days a week at a food pantry for the needy. “I’ve learned there are a lot of people who are, to place it bluntly, hungry. It’s a job that fits with what I believe – to be respectful of every individual regardless of status or circumstance.”
Another thing that’s come to mean a fantastic deal to Jack is a tiny country church that sits on a hill near his home. He faithfully attends every Sunday.
Of course, he keeps in touch with the family he made at Tropical Palms. He talks with all new employees by phone, sharing his wisdom and experience, providing his perspective on how to treat guests. “The thought is that everyone that comes through the door at Tropical Palms is vital and should be treated that way.” Which is, of course, Jack’s way.
He hears from the adjoin desk team frequently, he has stayed accurate with General Manager Chris Wasilewski, and remained excellent friends with Luke Fraser, who keeps a bulletin board that posts the results of the Nelsonville/York football team so everyone can keep track of Jack.
As to returning to Florida, Tropical Palms and the job Jack describes as the most rewarding one he’s ever had – after football – well, he has no plans for the immediate future. But if he should come in trade to Florida, he says, he’ll be in trade at Tropical Palms “in a heartbeat.”
We certainly hope so.