Kolkman Resigns As Bluffton Head Coach

By Tommy Schoegler - 21Alive
By Eric Dutkiewicz - 21Alive

January 28, 2014 Updated Jan 29, 2014 at 7:57 PM EDT

BLUFFTON, Ind. (21Alive) - Casey Kolkman has stepped down as head coach of the Bluffton High School football team.

Kolkman confirmed with 21Alive on Tuesday that he submitted his letter of resignation on Jan. 20. The resignation was accepted Monday night at the Bluffton-Harrison MSD school board meeting.

Kolkman cited his family as his reason to step down. His daughter is a freshman at Bishop Dwenger High School and his son in 7th grade at St. Jude Catholic School. The grind of a high school football schedule as well as the distance between Fort Wayne and Bluffton weighed into his decision, he says.

"At the end of the day, I just realized there are more important things than coaching," Kolkman says.

He will continue to teach at Bluffton High School.

Kolkman was 17-25 in four seasons at Bluffton. Before that, he spent six seasons at North Side High School with a 29-34 record.

Kolkman says he is proud of the work he did at Bluffton, and thinks the head coaching position is an attractive program to take over.

Kolkman plans to take a five-year hiatus from coaching, and would consider helping out with the St. Jude or Dwenger programs in the future.

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