The news reached home before Mike Powell did.
Fresh out of Central Michigan University, he drove from his residence in Adrian to a town in Ohio to interview for a teaching and coaching job.
In an era that predated cell phones and social media, Powell made the four-hour return trip to Adrian not knowing what kind of impression he'd made during the interview.
But his mother, who had taken a call from the prospective employer, had the scoop.
"You got the job," she exclaimed as soon as Mike returned home.
That was 40 years ago.
A lot has changed in communication, football and other endeavors.
Land lines are being made obsolete by signals bounced off cell towers.
Portable speakers boom music across the field as football players go through drills.
Rules that limit contact at practices are the norm.
Even the playing surfaces at many schools aren't like they were 40 years ago when grass held sway.
"You have to change with the times," Powell said Tuesday.
So it goes that Powell is still in an adaptive mode as he begins his sixth season at Anchor Bay while winding up a fourth decade in coaching.
New rules about contact give him a reason to pause.
"You get nervous because you don't hit, and then you go to the first game and all of a sudden it's full contact and you haven't done a lot of that," he said.
"It's good and bad. We can't (afford to) lose a kid in practice."
Anchor Bay starts the second season of its second tenure in the MAC Red Division with about 35 varsity prospects.
Key players on the offense include 188-pound senior running back Tyler Smeltekop, quarterback A.J. Ward and tackle Tristen Lisco.
Smeltekop will also play linebacker, and the 6-foot-1 Lisco will be a defensive end as Anchor Bay tries to improve 2018 records of 0-5 in the division and 3-6 overall.
"Our motto this year is APE," Powell said. "That stands for Attitude, Posture (body language) and Effort. That's all we can ask for. These kids are working hard. They'll run through a wall for us.
"Out of necessity, we're going to have kids go both ways, or at least time and a half. Full time both ways is too much for kids, especially in the division we play in."
Anchor Bay starts the season at home against Ann Arbor Pioneer on Aug. 29. That will be a rematch of the teams' 2018 opener won by the Tars on a late field goal.
In Week 2, Anchor Bay plays host to Port Huron in a MAC crossover. The Tars beat the Big Reds to start 2018 with back-to-back victories.
Last year, the Tars played their first four games away from home while they waited for artificial turf to be installed.
"We're blessed to have this complex out here," Powell said as the Tars practiced on the synthetic surface. "It's been nothing but great for the community."
Powell spent 10 years in Ohio and then was at Bishop Foley and Ionia before becoming the coach at Cousino in 1999.
In 15 seasons with the Patriots, his teams won six MAC division championships and made a state semifinal appearance. Cousino won 11 games in 2006 and 11 in 2007.
"There's nothing like Friday nights," Powell said. "I always tell the kids, 'You've got 48 minutes to play, and a lifetime to remember it.'
"Kids don't remember winning or losing. They remember things you did together."
Powell recalled a time when a former Cousino player looked him up at Anchor Bay. The ex-Patriot showed up in a fire truck, wearing his firefighter gear.
"That's what coaching is all about," Powell said. "You build relationships with these kids.
"That's why I still do this."