A few days after leading Eaglecrest to the Class 5A state title game, Raptors football coach Mike Schmitt announced that he is resigning.
Schmitt is moving back east, to Pennsylvania, according to Eaglecrest athletic director Vince Orlando, something that has been in the works since the beginning of the year. The move will enable the Schmitt family to be closer to to their family.
The search for a new coach will begin immediately, Orlando said.
"We are extremely grateful to coach Schmitt and his family for their dedication and commitment to Eaglecrest and our community these past eight years," Orlando said in a statement. "Coach Schmitt’s contributions have strengthened our program, and our student-athletes have experienced numerous successes under his direction. We wish him, his wife Lenore, and their four children the best of luck in the future."
Schmitt and his wife, Lenore, also serve as the head boys and girls track coaches for Eaglecrest. An interim coach will be named with the spring season a few months away.
"Through their leadership, our track athletes have experienced success at the league and state levels," Orlando said.
Schmitt has been the head coach at Eaglecrest since 2010, going 49-40, including 24-2 over the past two seasons.
Eaglecrest raced to the championship game unbeaten this season, falling to Pomona in the highest-scoring 5A title game in history.
"Coach Schmitt and his staff have built a solid foundation with the resources in place to compete at an elite level for years to come," Orlando said. "The future is bright for Raptor Football."
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