Mike Farley, who led the Buccaneers’ varsity football team to a 44-32 record over his eight years as head coach, has resigned.
Farley — who guided the Bucs to three consecutive state playoff berths from 2009-11, but was just 5-13 the past two falls — has accepted the offensive coordinator position at South Effingham High School in Guyton, Ga.
Farley was lured away from Grand Haven by Donnie Revell, the head coach at South Effingham who is Farley’s mentor and former college coach.
“His offensive coordinator resigned right before spring practice, so he called me up and wanted to know if I’d be interested in being his offensive coordinator,” Farley said. “I flew down there last weekend, met with the principal, met with the athletic director, flew back on Sunday night and talked about it with my wife. We decided this is the best thing for our family.
“Plus, it gives me an opportunity to be reunited with my mentor. I’m teaching and coaching today because of him.”
Farley’s wife, Lori, hails from Kentucky, and hoped to eventually move back south.
“Especially after the last few brutal winters we’ve had,” Farley quipped.
Leaving Grand Haven is bittersweet for Farley, who guided the Bucs to an O-K Red Conference championship and three state playoff appearances. He met with his team Friday morning.
“I just appreciate all the things the kids have done,” he said. “They’ve worked extremely hard this offseason. I explained to them that it’s not a situation where I’ve ever looked for another job. I haven’t. I explained that this is what’s best or me, my wife and our family. It’s a really good opportunity to get down south.”
Farley met with Grand Haven High School Principal Tracy Wilson on Friday and told her of his decision to resign.
“It was a difficult conversation,” Wilson said. “Obviously, I was shocked.”
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