Russell McCarvel has resigned as head football coach at Flathead High School, the school announced Friday.
McCarvel stepped down after seven seasons at the Braves’ helm because he felt it was in the best interest of the team and Flathead High School, activities director Bryce Wilson said.
“I have immensely appreciated the tremendous amount of time and energy Russell has committed to the Flathead football program as the head coach for the past seven years,” Wilson said in a statement.
Wilson added in an interview with the Beacon, “I’m very sad that Russell is leaving. But I also have to realize that in my capacity as activities director I have to move this program forward and prepare for a new chapter. It’s a big challenge but I need to keep the team together.”
Wilson said a public search for McCarvel’s replacement will begin soon. Wilson was not sure how many members of McCarvel’s coaching staff will remain with the program.
The Braves were 23-50 in seven seasons under McCarvel and made the Class AA playoffs three times. The team was 3-7 last year. McCarvel was selected to coach the Badlands Bowl and East-West Shrine game during his tenure.
“I think we are continually building. I do think we are continually getting better and better with the programs we have in place to develop our athletes,” Wilson said. “That’s where I think we are making great gains. But the pressure of winning sometimes has gotten to us.”
The Kalispell School District 5 Board of Trustees is scheduled to review the contracts of fall coaches at a regular meeting on Tuesday.
McCarvel commented on his resignation in an email to the Beacon on Friday:
I would like to thank Dr. Schottle, Mr Fusaro, Mr. Wilson and all of the administration at FHS for their support during my seven years as head coach.
A big thank you goes to my assistant coaches. I have had the privilege of having some great assistant coaches work for me. These coaches have worked tirelessly and tried to get the best out of every kid. They have worked long hours and been very loyal to myself and the Flathead Football Program.
I would also like to thank the players both past and present who have worked hard to make themselves better athletes, football players and most importantly better people.
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