Patrick Daley resigns as football coach at Copper Basin

Patrick Daley resigns as football coach at Copper Basin

February 28th, 2018 by Stephen Hargis in Sports - Preps

Patrick Daley talks with players during a preseason football practice last August at Copper Basin High School. Daley, a 1985 graduate of the school, was the Cougars' head coach the past 12 years. He has resigned to spend more time with his family.

Photo by Robin Rudd /Times Free Press.

This story was updated Feb. 28, 2018, at 11:59 p.m. with more information.

Copper Basin head coach Patrick Daley instructs his team. Copper Basin visited Grace Academy for a pre-season high school football scrimmage on August 3, 2017.

Copper Basin head coach Patrick Daley instructs his...

Photo by Robin Rudd /Times Free Press.

After 12 seasons as head football coach at his alma mater, Patrick Daley has resigned from Copper Basin High School.

"I just felt like it was time. My message was getting stagnant, and I felt like the kids probably need someone else to coach the program," Daley said. "It was a tough decision. Very emotional. I recently got married and we had a baby, and I wanted to step back and spend more time with my family.

"I'll explore other options and I'm not ruling out being a coach, or even a head coach somewhere else, but running the program at such a small school means you have to do everything by yourself pretty much, and that can wear on you."

Daley, a 1985 graduate of Copper Basin who compiled a 49-81 overall record, had just one paid assistant last season. He guided the Cougars to the Class 1A playoffs each of the past four years and seven times during his tenure. They reached the quarterfinals in 2010 and '14.

"Being a head coach has its advantages and disadvantages — you weigh more money versus more time at home," Daley said. "It's been an honor to coach at my alma mater for this long. This will always be home, and I'll always come back here and support the school. I'm not mad at anybody; it's just time to take a step back."

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