Evergreen will need a new head football coach for the 2022 campaign as Aaron Schmidt has resigned from his post following five seasons at the helm.
The Vikings were 17-33 under Schmidt, who was hired ahead of the 2017 season. Back then, he inherited a team that went 0-10 the year prior.
Schmidt plans to remain with the school district as a teacher.
Recently, when addressing his players and their parents to announce his resignation, he expressed appreciation for the support he’s received during his time as coach.
“I want to say thank you to the people in the community that have been supportive and appreciative of myself and my coaching staff,” Schmidt told those in attendance. “You have no idea of the gratitude I have for a kind and encouraging word. No matter how little it seemed to you, I appreciated it more than you can possibly know. So thank you. When it comes down to it I’m just a guy who wanted to help the kids in this community the best way I know how, coaching football. So, after much prayer and with a broken heart my family and I have decided that I will be resigning as the head football coach at Evergreen High School.
“I am going to miss watching film, creating practice plans, going to 6 a.m. morning lifts, cooking breakfast for our team, creating workout plans, holding staff meetings, going to coaching clinics, drawing up offensive and defensive schemes, meeting with players, planning team activities, holding youth camps, running a youth program, planning community service opportunities, and sitting up in the middle of the night trying to figure out the ways to give our kids the best opportunity possible to be successful. But it’s time for me to spend that time with my family.”
All the time Schmidt has devoted for the good of the program will not go unnoticed, said athletic director Derick Stoup.
“Aaron has served as a large part of the Viking football family for many years, his departure will leave a large void,” said Stoup. “When I think of Aaron Schmidt, integrity and character are two things that come to mind. Aaron is a man of faith, a great husband, a loving father, and (I) know stepping back from duties as head football coach will allow him time to spend more time with his beloved family. I wish Aaron the best of luck in his future endeavors.”
Reach Max Householder at 419-335-2010.