Broken Arrow Head Football Coach Steve Spavital resigns his position Monday citing health reasons for his stepping down.
"During the last few years, I've been battling several health issues that make coaching a challenge," Spavital said. "I am a competitor, and it's frustrating to have my coaching performance limited by issues beyond my control. The players deserve a head coach who can give them 100%, and I have reached a point where I just can't do that for them anymore."
Coach Spav was 39-12 as the head coach of the Tigers, including this year's 10-3 mark. He led Broken Arrow to the 2011 Class 6A State Championship game.
"I've been coaching for more than 30 years, and I've had so many positive experiences," Spavital said. "The people I've met, the young men I've coached – they've all made an impact on my life, and I hope I've been able to make a positive impact on them as well."
"Coach Spavital is a well-liked figure in the Broken Arrow community, and he has been a key player in bringing success to the athletic program in this district," said Broken Arrow Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Jarod Mendenhall. "While we will respect his need to focus on himself and his family, he will certainly be missed, and not easily replaced."
The search for Coach Spav's replace will begin immediately with interviews taking place in January.
"This position will be filled using a committee interview process," said Athletic Director Ken Ellett. "The committee will consist of 10-12 individuals including myself, the high school principal and the assistant superintendent of student services. The committee will be tasked with recommending two to three candidates to the superintendent for final consideration and hiring."
"Current Broken Arrow coaches who might be interested in this position are encouraged to apply, but we will not limit the search to only internal candidates," Ellett said. "We are committed to finding the right person to fill this role, and I am hopeful we will have a large pool of highly-qualified candidates to consider as our next head football coach."
The name Sapvital and coaching go hand in hand. His father was a professional coach and he has two sons who are major college assistant coaches. Spav says he's excited to be able to spend more time following their careers and spending time with family.
"My sons are both successful coaches, so I look forward to spending time watching them carry on our family's tradition. Even more importantly, I am excited to have more time with my granddaughter," Spavital said. "My family has been incredibly supportive of my career, but it's time for me to focus on staying healthy. I want to enjoy the time I have with them, because at the end of the day, they are the people who matter the most to me."
The Broken Arrow administration says that even though he is no longer serving as head football coach, Spavital will continue his employment with the district in a role suited to his current needs.
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