State champ West Catholic loses top football coach

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) – The man who led West Catholic High School’s football team to three straight championships is now leaving the district.

The district announced the resignation of head coach Dan Rohn Friday afternoon.

“My ultimate goal was to coach football for two more years, in order to see Gabe through his football playing days, and to see both Jack and Gabe graduate from West Catholic. Due to recent changes in my career and changes occurring in the working environment at West Catholic for myself, I felt the decision to resign was in the best interest of myself and the school,” Rohn said in the release.>>PDF: Dan Rohn’s resignation letter

Rohn led the Falcons to four Division 5 state titles in the past six years. The team captured its third consecutive championship in a thrilling 40-34 win at Ford Field last November.

Rohn also worked as the part-time facilities director at the high school. He said the workload led to “many sleepless nights” over the past nine years.

“It has been physically and mentally exhausting. I have decided that now is the time to step back and focus on my family,” he stated.

Rohn said he’s become good friends with many student-athletes, coaches, teachers and families whom he’s sad to leave.

“I ask for your support in my decision, and please know that you all hold a special place in my heart,” he said in closing.

“We appreciate Dan’s service to West Catholic and wish him well in his new career. We will begin the process of determining a new head football coach immediately, and are confident that the program is in a good position to continue its winning tradition,” the district said in the release.

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