“We went and Doug and I both loved the school,” his wife, Jeannie said. “We loved the people we met, the coaches who were already there in place, the athletic director, the preacher. We just loved everything about it. At the same time, our three boys would be able to go to school with him while he was coaching at Calvary because it was kindergarten through 12th grade.
“It was awesome because he took the kids to school with him every day. My boys, the two older ones, got to be ball boys and be on the sideline and participate in the youth program that Calvary presented to them. Not only did they get an amazing education, but they also were able to be at a school with their father and be at a place where they could exercise their faith.”
The chance for Pederson to be with his kids – Drew, Josh and Joel - each and every day is something he and Jeannie didn’t take for granted. It was a unique experience and it ultimately proved that Calvary was the right decision for the Pederson family.
“For Doug, being able to spend that much time with them during those formative years of their lives I think was very instrumental in who they are today,” said Jeannie. “You don’t get the opportunity to spend that time together.”
Not fully realizing just how much of a positive experience Calvary Baptist Academy would provide to his family, Pederson embarked on his first coaching job.
His affinity for the program, the players he was coaching and the way his position and family life intertwined so seamlessly was the reason he decided to turn down an NFL position a few years into his tenure at Calvary.
“I had an opportunity,” Pederson admitted. “They approached me and I wasn’t ready at the time to accept that offer. My own boys were coming up through the program too and I wanted to be in a position to possibly coach them one day. It was just too soon. We had just moved there and I wasn’t ready to jump back into the National Football League right away.”
But, when Andy Reid came to Pederson in January of 2009 he couldn’t turn down the offer. Although it meant he would miss coaching his oldest son, Drew, by one year, the situation in front of him was one he wanted to accept.
Pederson felt mentally prepared to get back into the grueling NFL lifestyle after four years away and became the Eagles’ offensive quality coach, looking ahead toward the next part of his coaching journey.
“It was a time where I just felt like I had done everything I could for Calvary and it was about to take off. It was on the brink of taking off,” Pederson explained. “It was four years in and I really felt a nudge to jump back into the National Football League.
“Of course, being able to come back here to Philadelphia with Coach Reid and start from the ground floor again, it was the right thing for me and the right thing for my family at the time. My boys were in a transitional period from a school standpoint. I had one coming into high school, so the move was right and the timing and everything of it was the exact thing that we were looking for.”