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O’Donnell steps down as Pirate varsity football coach

Sean O’Donnell, Pirate football coach for the past nine seasons, tendered his resignation at the Feb. 8 meeting of the Archuleta School District 50 Jt. Board of Education, saying that he needed to spend more time focusing on his duties as assistant principal at the Pagosa Springs High School and as the school’s co-athletic director.

“It’s kind of become too much,” O’Donnell said. “I felt it was time to step aside and let someone else coach football.”

“I felt I was losing my effectiveness as a coach,” he added.

The Pirates missed the playoffs last season, finishing with a 7-3 record, only the second season (out of nine total) during O’Donnell’s tenure as coach that the Pirates did not make it to the playoffs.

The application process for the coaching position has been opened and will remain open until March 3; after that point, high school staff will begin interviewing applicants.

“It’s difficult because there are no teaching positions available,” O’Donnell said.

“I want to thank everyone for their support,” O’Donnell said. It was an honor to be the coach for Pirates’ football during the past nine years.

“I want to give thanks to the boys,” he added, “for giving me the opportunity to be their coach. That was a real honor. I feel I learned a lot from all of them.”

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