Schmitz Resigns at Jefferson 4/23/12

Rockford, Illinois-Rick Schmitz hadn't planned on being the head football coach at Jefferson for too many years before walking away from the program.  But he has walked away a little sooner than even he had anticipated.

Schmitz has resigned from his job.  Schmitz told WTVO Monday that there were a number of small things that led to his decision.  One was his inability to get a teaching job at Jefferson.  He's a Health teacher at Washington School. 

But Schmitz tells WTVO, "Basically I'm worn out.  I'm run down.  I can't give what I want to give to the program anymore.  If I can't give 100 percent then that's not fair to the kids or to the coaches."

Schmitz has had two head coaching stints at Jefferson.  This last one lasted two seasons.  Last season the J-Hawks were the most improved team in the NIC-10 compiling a 4-5 record.  The four victories were the most by a Jefferson team since 2001.

Schmitz has also been a head coach at Auburn and an assistant coach at Boylan.  When asked by WTVO if he might consider returning to Auburn and coaching under Dan Appino again Schmitz said no.  He says that move wouldn't be fair to the kids he's been coaching at Jefferson.

Instead Schmitz says perhaps he'll resurface one day as a coach at one of Rockford's Middle Schools. 

Jefferson Athletic Director Todd Zimmerman did not return WTVO's call Monday afternoon for comment.

Jefferson is the fourth NIC-10 football program to undergo a coaching change since the end of last season.  The others are Boylan, Auburn, and Belvidere North.

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