Cuthbertson football coach resigns
Mike Roark resigned as head football coach at Cuthbertson High on Friday, and said he plans to be an assistant at an undisclosed school next season.
Roark said the details of his new position are "still being finalized," so he didn't share details.
He resigned around 3 p.m., according to athletic director Mike Barfield, and immediately afterward held a meeting to inform the players.
"It was a very difficult decision," Roark said Friday night. "There's definitely some sadness."
Roark was hired to head up the program when the school opened in 2009 and has compiled a 16-31 record.
The Cavaliers were 1-10 as a first-year school with no seniors, then 3-8 in 2010.
The Cavaliers turned the corner in 2011, finishing third in the Rocky River Conference and winning a playoff game for the first time in school history.
"We're very proud of what Mike has done here," Barfield said. "There's going to be some success down the road and he's the one that laid the foundation."
Roark, who teaches English, plans to complete the school year at Cuthbertson but will not train the football team.
Barfield said a search committee is being formed to replace Roark.
"Obviously we're in the infancy stages of the process," Barfield said. "We have time. We'll be methodical about it and get the best person we can find."
Roark expects a lot of interest.
"Cuthbertson's a great place; I don't know if there's a better public school in the state of North Carolina," Roark said. "I love the people, I love the kids. It's not a place I want to leave, but an opportunity came up I think I need to explore."
Cuthbertson, which moves from 2A to 3A next school year, opens the 2013 football season at Parkwood on Aug. 23.