Coach Tom Saylor announces retirement 11.03.2010

Written by David Green.

sports.m.saylor.jpgMorenci is seeking a new varsity football coach following the resignation of Tom Saylor. The board of education accepted Saylor’s resignation Monday.

In his letter of resignation, Saylor thanked all those who have been so gracious to him during his two years with the squad.

“Due to my age, several health issues, summer business conflicts and a lack of time for family and friends,” he wrote, “I can’t help but feel my growth potential is not what it needs to be to lead the Bulldog football program.”

That decision didn’t come easily, he said.

“I miss Morenci already,” he said. “I’m going to miss those kids. I already feel remorse when thinking about how I won’t be going there next year.”

Saylor believes the program made some positive gains during his time here, but he wants to open the program up to a young coach who can guarantee four years.

“It needs to be a four-year commitment,” he said. “We can’t be switching coaches so often.”

Saylor said he’s “leaving the cupboard full,” referring to this year’s excellent 8-1 junior varsity team and the talented middle school squads.

His return to coaching for two years in Morenci helped his life with football go full circle, he said.

“In my first game starting as a quarterback as a sophomore for Deerfield, we beat Whiteford bad.”

He said he got out his yearbook to check on that as Morenci was about to close out the season this year—against Whiteford.

With Saylor at the helm, the Bulldogs scored a big win against the Bobcats.

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