Winslow High School football coach Adam Larsen has resigned after two seasons as head football coach at Winslow High School. Larsen had previously been an assistant coach at the school for two years and was named to the head varsity position when former coach Matt Gracey resigned the position.
Winslow High School Athletic Director Don Petranovich said that Larsen had tendered his resignation in late January. Petranovich said that the district has been advertising the vacancy on the internet and would accept applications both from within the district and without.
Larsen said in an interview on Feb. 5 that he has accepted a position as head football coach at Snowflake High School and said in a telephone interview that he would have liked to remain at Winslow High School but felt that there were some differences in philosophy that made that impossible.
"The sad part about leaving Winslow will be missing the tremendous support we got from the community," Larsen said.
He said that he appreciated the opportunity to coach the Bulldogs and will always have fond memories of the experience.
The Bulldogs were highly successful during Larsen's tenure, winning the 3A North Region with perfect 7-0 records in both 2005 and 2006. The Bulldogs lost only one regular season game in each year to 3A East Region powers Snowflake (in 2005) and Round Valley (in 2006). Winslow reached the Arizona State 3A Conference Finals in 2005 before losing to Coolidge. The Coolidge Bears proved to be Winslow's nemesis again in 2006, edging the Bulldogs in an exciting game that wasn't decided until the closing seconds. Larsen left Winslow with an impressive 23-4 record as a varsity coach.
Larsen said that he wishes the Bulldogs good luck next year except for the first game when they will meet his Snowflake Lobos. Among the players Larsen will be leaving when he leaves Winslow is his brother Joseph. He said he told Joseph he would miss him and always be a "Bulldog at heart".
He said, though, that he is excited about the challenge of coaching at Snowflake and working to get the Lobos back to the top of the tough 3A East Region. He described the program there as up and coming and willing to give him what he needs to get the team moving in the right direction. He said that he has some good talented running backs returning and expects to field a highly competitive team. He believes that the Snowflake administration and community will be receptive to the type of program he wants to run.