John Menhart will resign as head football coach at Carmichaels High School.
“I’m going to resign,” Menhart confirmed Wednesday afternoon. “I’ve submitted my letter of resignation, and they’ll accept it (at the school board meeting) Thursday night.”
This was the second stint at Carmichaels for Menhart, who coached there from 1989-2002. He left to watch his son play football at Carnegie Mellon University, coached at Waynesburg University for three years, then returned in 2009 whenever Mike Bosnic left for Washington High School.
But Menhart, who’s also a principal in the district, has been thinking about this for some time, the result of his many extracurricular responsibilites.
“I just feel guilty that I’m not out there with them,” Menhart said. “My time in the weight room is over. I have so many other things that I have to attend after school that you can’t say, ‘OK, we’re going to take a day off. I have something to do on Thursday.’ You just can’t do that and expect the kids to be dedicated to something.”
The 57-year-old Menhart will remain in his current position as principal and may stay on an assistant with the football team.
The job will be posted for 10 days in-house, and there figures to be several qualified applicants on staff.
This past season, Carmichaels’ offensive coordinator was Menhart’s son-in-law, Ryan Krull, a former Waynesburg player; Fred Morecraft ran the defense; and Jan Haiden, a former head coach at Jefferson-Morgan, worked as a “go-between.”
“We have some great, young kids in place, and one of them is going to step up,” Menhart said. “They’ll have growing pains in the beginning. We all did. But I think the staff will be intact; it will just be a shuffle.”
Menhart had a record of 21-18 the past four years, with playoff appearances in three of those. Carmichaels will lose Observer-Reporter Elite 11 running back Josh Mundell, but the Mikes do return starting quarterback Brandon Lawless.
“I have some young guys working here, and they’re working every day,” Menhart said. “They have kids outside. They have kids in the weight room. They’re doing what I should be doing. They’re doing what I was doing 20 years ago.
“I’ll still be a part of this somehow, but I think, to give them their due, it’s time for them to take over. They’re their kids now. I don’t want to be thought of as, ‘Who’s that old guy over there?’
“These guys have great relationships with the kids. Strong, professional relationships. They have them working hard. And I don’t want to be that guy who just shows up.”