Tim Simons can be seen observing Clovis North High's football practices during the week, teaming with assistants in the booth on game nights and evaluating elementary school coaching personnel on the weekends.
Simply -- and predictably, for those who know him well -- Simons refuses to walk from the game.
His heart won't allow it, not even seven months after it was repaired in the most traumatic medical experience of his 69 years.
"That particular surgery does take a lot out of you," he says of the open-heart procedure in February that forced him to step down as Clovis North's coach.
"I'm fine," he says. "There are a couple lingering effects, but I'm good. I'm fully recovered."
So now what?
The Broncos are 2-0 under interim coach Cory Hall, the former Fresno State and six-year NFL defensive back who had coached Clovis North's freshmen and junior varsity the past two years.
Hall's intention to is replace the interim tag with a permanent one following the season: "That's the plan."
"We'll reassess like we do with every program at the end of the season," says Carlo Prandini, Clovis North's area superintendent. "Right now, things are going great. Cory's working well with the staff, and the kids are playing with a lot of enthusiasm and energy."
Simons, meanwhile, remains the school's assistant athletic director and has assumed the program's unofficial role of "general manager," says Prandini, who adds: "It seems to be a good marriage between him and Cory. I have a good feel about the whole thing."
Still, Simons -- a Fresno Athletic Hall of Famer and 236-game winner in 28 years as a high school head coach-- can't predict whether he will strap on the whistle again. But he doesn't dismiss the idea, either.
"It's certainly possible," he says, "but I'm not sure in what kind of role. This is the first time in 47 great years I haven't coached, and it's an adjustment.
"I'll see at the end of the season if I can find a place to coach again or if I'll be content not to coach anymore. Once the switch is turned off, to turn it back on is not something you can casually do; it's a giant commitment.
"There has to be two things: One, do I want to coach again? And, two, is it the right situation for me?
"I think it's premature for me to say right now."
For Hall, who played his last year with the Atlanta Falcons in 2005, the original plan was to pursue college coaching. That's why he went to Washington State for a year as a student assistant while working toward completing a degree in business management.
Ultimately, he earned the degree, moved to Los Angeles and then back to Fresno in 2007, when he tried to hook up with Fresno State and coach Pat Hill as a graduate assistant.
Without an opening, Hill directed Hall to Clovis North and Simons, who had just left Hill's staff to launch the Clovis North program.
In 2009, as co-head coach, Hall's freshmen won a County/Metro Athletic Conference title.
In 2010, as head coach, his JV won the Tri-River Athletic Conference championship.
And now, as the man on top, he has beaten Independence 17-3 and West Yosemite League heavyweight El Diamante 24-7 while answering some early questions regarding district philosophy, coaching experience and staff management.
Hall, as a real estate investor, doesn't teach. And never had Clovis Unified employed an off-campus varsity head coach in football.
Further, how would Hall, fairly new to the district and with minimal high school experience, be accepted by a Simons-shaped staff that included some deep-rooted district coaches in Larry Kellom and James Moxley?
Not only has that staff remained with Hall, four former Fresno State players have jumped aboard in Atnaf Harris, Marlin Jackson, Damon Jenkins and Vince Branstetter.
A year after a 5-7 season with the Broncos' first senior class, they're out fast with a mix a veterans and youth, such as sophomores Trenton Barnes, who has rushed for 313 yards, and Isaiah Duran, a major college defensive line prospect.
"I didn't think I'd enjoy high school football this much," says Hall, 34. "And I'm obviously not doing it for a paycheck. But I like to see the kids have fun and learn the game of football. And I'm still growing. Coaching is what I want to do and coaching is what I'm going to do."