River View High School is on the lookout for a new football coach after Brett Jay turned in his resignation Wednesday.
Jay, a 2002 River View graduate, had been the coach of the Class 1A Panthers since 2008, compiling an 43-21 record and three berths in the state playoffs, including a trip to the semifinals in 2012. He accepted the same position at Monroe High School.
“It’s been an incredible opportunity to come back to my alma mater and coach,” he said, “but it is a timing thing. It is just time for me and my family to take the next step. To grow as a family, grow as professionals and we thought this was a perfect opportunity.”
Monroe is a Class 4A school in the Wesco Conference’s North Division and has not been to the playoffs since 1991.
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He leaves behind a school that gave him his break into head coaching as a 24-year-old.
“At a young age, I got to learn a lot,” he said. “We built something we are very proud of here. Most importantly, I truly appreciate and thank our community. They are very supportive. All the players bought into our program and that is neat.
“The cupboards are full in Finley. I look forward to the next coaching taking the next step in Finley and taking them to new heights.”
The Panthers graduate quite a few key players from last year’s playoff team, but do return all-state quarterback Ruvim Tyutyunnik.
The SCAC East school hopes to move quickly to make a hire, but at the same time will wait to see if any teaching positions open up.
“He had a good run here,” River View athletic director John Doran said. “We were in the playoffs quite a bit. He will be missed.
“I don’t think we took a chance on him. He played football for us and came back and helped, and we thought he was ready.”