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Heath Hotzler, Published November 13 2009

High school football: McCall resigns as Huskies’ coach

Wahpeton football coach Mike McCall has resigned to focus on his growing duties as the school’s activities director.

“This is something I considered before this year,” McCall said Thursday. “I’m fine with my decision. It was the right decision all the way around. For everybody, including the football program, it was the right thing to do.”

McCall said he will take on more duties next year as activities director. McCall said he will, for the first time, administer club sports baseball, hockey, gymnastics and swimming.

He will be in charge of scheduling, hiring officials, transportation and for hiring workers for the events.

Wahpeton will also host six region tournaments in several different sports in the next year-and-a-half, McCall said.

“Being the activities director involves a lot of time,” he said. “… We hosted the region and state golf meets this year and it was tough. It took away time from football. And when I was doing football, it was taking time away from everything else. It’s just not fair to the other activities that don’t get the necessary attention they deserve.”

McCall finished with a record of 50-24 in seven seasons as the Huskies coach.

Wahpeton was 10-1 this season in its first year in North Dakota’s Class 2A. The football team had previously competed at the Class 3A level.

The Huskies were defeated by Devils Lake last week in the state semifinals.

Wahpeton Public School accepted McCall’s resignation Wednesday. Superintendant Mike Connell told the Wahpeton Daily News that a search for a replacement will begin immediately.


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