Back in 2010, Emerald Ridge High School adopted a fresh model for its football program by hiring five co-head coaches.
Its most visible spokesman decided it was time to step away.
Troy Halfaday, 47, resigned April 22 after nine seasons (with a 33-57 record) as one of those coaches, but will continue to teach in the Puyallup School District. He cited a desire to spend more time with his family as the biggest reason for leaving the program.
“It is hard,” Halfaday said Monday. “It is all my family has known – football for the last 24 years.”
The Jaguars had just one winning season under Halfaday and company, but it was a memorable one. In 2014, they captured their first and only league title with an undefeated run through the SPSL South.
In their bid to reach the Class 4A state playoffs for the first time, Emerald Ridge lost to Eastlake, 40-0, in the district round of that season.
Last season, the Jaguars finished 3-7, and placed eighth out of nine schools in the very competitive SPSL 4A.
No replacement has been announced. In the meantime, Adam Schakel, one of the original five co-coaches who returned last season as an assistant, will serve as the program’s interim coach this spring.