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Ierlan steps down as Fairport football coach
Team was something Mike Ierlan said he appreciated.
Ierlan, 41, was in that position for eight seasons, but shared Thursday that he will not return to lead the next fall.
"I can't thank (Fairport athletic director) Jim Zumbo, the football staff, the school district and community enough for their support," Ierlan said. "Coaching and playing for the community are special."
Ierlan said he told Zumbo that this would likely be his last season in July. Players were informed by Ierlan last week.
"I'm not sick, not getting fired," Ierlan said. "There was nothing else, plain and simple.
"Something has to give. I can't have my No. 1 team, and that's my family, be the second team right now."
Fairport finished with a 3-6 record after it failed to qualify for the Section V Class AA Tournament this season. were 31-40 with Ierlan as coach.
"The varsity head coaching positions, let alone for a football program, are quite demanding," Zumbo said.
"It's one of those things where you are always evaluating how much time are you able to give to other people's children, and lay it against what amount you can spend with your own children."
Zumbo said that the district is putting together a plan to find Ierlan's replacement.
Ierlan, who plans to remain as a teacher at Fairport's Martha Brown Middle School, graduated from Aquinas in 1986.
A captain for the Little Irish, Ierlan played quarterback, , defensive back and returned kicks for teams coached by Dave Whitcomb.
Ierlan lives in Victor with his wife and three children, all of whom are under the age of 12.