Below is the letter that our Coach Meaux wrote to the Titans Community, announcing his decision to retire, after eight years of creating and running the program. Coach Meaux created a visionary youth ice hockey program that changed many kids and families' lives. The Board humbly dedicates itself to carrying on his legacy of community, courage, sportsmanship, generosity, and open hearts.
From Coach Willy Meaux:
Dear Titans Families:
I want to thank the entire Titans family for the opportunity to have worked with your children. When we started this program as a Middle School hockey team nearly a decade ago, I never imagined it could grow into a program serving 70 children.
It’s never easy to leave something you started, especially when it is as wonderful and fun as this program, but I plan to retire to my family’s vineyard in Italy in time, to help them maintain a 1000 year old family tradition, and will begin my transition to establish a home there next year.
Grape harvest in the Northern hemisphere directly conflicts with the early Hockey calendar, especially in October and with work that continues into November. So I had to make a choice, and having been married in my mother’s village 31 years ago with an extensive family holding down this incredible history, I feel compelled to leave Hockey obligations for them. Some of you know that even here, I have been making wine in Virginia for 30 years.
As a young child in my grandfather’s kitchen, he shared stories of his work in the family vineyard, but having the good fortune to travel there often, I discovered that his spirit never left the vineyard, the gorgeous vines he described so vividly as if they were his brothers and sisters. So it’s time for me to make my way back to the true home of my family to take up viticulture and continue my passion which he gave me for oenology.
I will miss the weekly winter work with the children, but I will never leave my home here behind and will try my very best to help your new director of Coaching Ben Allen whenever I am able.
Thank you all so much for what you give our program, and it’s Play Like A Champion dedication to others in Service and community.
My new email address is below. I will on occasion be at the rink so I am really just changing my role and time in Hockey. I won’t say goodbye; I’ll just say - see you around the rink.
Once a Titan, Always a Titan!
May the hockey gods be in your favor always,
Tag(s): Coaching Staff