Trent Dilfer might be well-known for his stint at ESPN following his retirement from pro football, but he eventually left the network and got into head coaching.
The Super Bowl-winning former quarterback is making waves this week after footage showed the head coach at Nashville private school Lipscomb Academy berating a player on the sidelines.
Dilfer addressed the situation and showed remorse in a statement released on social media.
“I want to address the incident on our sideline during Friday night’s game vs. Independence that has drawn a lot of attention,” Dilfer wrote. “First and foremost, I take full responsibility as the head coach and leader of our team for not de-escalating an emotional situation with one of our players, Beau Dawson. Beau is one of our finest student-athletes and embodies all the characteristics we are looking for in our Mustang players. Beau plays the game with the right kind of passion and is an inspiration to our other players.
“During a moment of frustration in an attempt to get our team to play with more discipline, I unfairly singled Beau out. Somehow Beau Dawson has been portrayed publicly as the culprit in this situation, when in reality I should have been a better leader and shown greater wisdom and discernment in how I handled this incident. Overall, I could not be more proud of Beau and the rest of our team for how they handle the emotional nature of each game they compete in.”
The opinions on the video varied from people who supported it, to others who thought he could’ve handled the situation better.
Dilfer became the program’s head coach in 2019.