Brian Freed knew last season there was a chance he would not be able to remain York Suburban's football coach.
Bouncing around jobs on the side -- including work as a bartender and in the recreation field -- could not serve as the main source of income for a football coach. In many cases, that job is supplementary for a teacher.
It was not working out for Freed, a 20-year coaching veteran around York County, who earned his business administration degree in 2011. Freed took the Suburban football job shortly after getting that certification. He hoped it would help him get a new job while doing what he loved.
After two seasons, he could not find that job and subsequently resigned as the Trojans football coach. The opening was posted Wednesday.
"This was my choice," said Freed, whose teams were 6-4 in each of his two seasons. "It strictly has to do with the job situation outside of coaching. It was not an easy decision to say the least; many sleepless nights over the last couple of weeks."
The decision weighed on Freed entering last season. He told athletic director Chris Adams there was a chance he might not return. Freed kept looking for a job in a field where he could apply his degree -- which specializes with information systems -- but nothing would allow him to keep time open for football.
"We certainly hate to see him leave but appreciate the time frame he's given us to find a new coach," Adams said.
Freed took over the Trojans after serving on Pat Conrad's Red Lion staff during the Lions' run to the District 3 Class AAAA championship game in 2010. Before that, he coached at Suburban and York County Tech.
The deadline to apply for Suburban's head coaching vacancy is Feb. 27.
Adams said he does not anticipate any teaching openings that could entice an incoming candidate, adding, "It's certainly nice to have that combination, but we still have some outstanding coaches who are not in the building."
Freed recently met with players to tell them of his decision. He hopes to coach again in some role but will not know for sure until he finds a full-time job.
"I don't want to give it up," Freed said, "but you have to do what's best for the program."