Mandan football coach resigns after best seasonMandan High School head football coach Pat O’Brien has resigned, less than a month after being named AAA coach of the year.
MANDAN (AP) — Mandan High School head football coach Pat O’Brien has resigned, less than a month after being named AAA coach of the year.
O’Brien this season guided the Braves to the state semifinals, where they lost on a last-second field goal to eventual state champion Bismarck. The 9-2 season was the best in O’Brien’s seven years at the helm.
The 53-year-old O’Brien says he still loves to coach but wants to spend more time with his sons. He will remain a physical education teacher at the high school.
O’Brien has been a part of the Mandan football program as an assistant or head coach for 17 seasons. He says he will “bleed black and white until they put me in the ground.”
O’Brien is the second West Region coach to resign. Jamestown High School’s Bill Cahill announced his resignation last month.