Both Sean Flaherty and athletic director Tom DiFrancesco said they felt Cuyahoga Falls football had made progress in recent years.

Future progress, however, will happen with Flaherty watching from the stands.

Flaherty resigned March 20 as Falls head football coach and the resignation was accepted at the April 5 meeting of the Cuyahoga Falls Board of Education.

Flaherty will continue in his position as a language arts teacher at Cuyahoga Falls High School. During his four years in charge of the football program, Cuyahoga Falls went 7-33.

According to Cuyahoga Falls City Schools treasurer Ellen McClure, Flaherty's teaching salary for the 2016-17 school year is $62,619, while he earned $9,121 through his supplemental contract as head football coach.

Flaherty said his decision to resign was based on off-the-field reasons.

"I have some things that need attention in my personal life," Flaherty said. "I think right now, it's best for me, it's best for my wife, it's best for the program to take a step back."

On the gridiron, Falls has endured ups and downs on Flaherty's watch.

After going 2-8 in Flaherty's first year in charge in 2013, Falls improved to 4-6 in 2014. However, the Black Tigers have struggled since joining the Suburban League National Conference. Falls went 1-19 over the last two seasons and has yet to win a game in the National Conference.

Despite these struggles, Flaherty feels he is leaving the program in better place than when he arrived.

"I think we've improved the program," Flaherty said. "We've done certain things such as building up our middle school program and the numbers are way up. This year, we did a lot of good with the little Black Tigers [youth program].

"Although our progress didn't always show on the scoreboard on Friday night, we did improve as a team,"

DiFrancesco noted April 7 the head football coaching position has been posted internally in the district and the process for finding a new coach was underway.

"We're going to try to get it done as fast as possible," DiFrancesco said.

DiFranseco praised Flaherty for his influence on Cuyahoga Falls football.

"There were no hard feelings," DiFrancesco said. "Some things came up and he couldn't fulfill the obligations any longer. We're trying to make things as painless as possible and keep what coach Flaherty had going. Our numbers were getting up in the middle school."

DiFrancesco said Falls assistant coaches were running the spring weightlifting program.

Flaherty said he was stepping away, but planned to help the new football coach make as smooth a transition as possible. He also said he would like to coach football again in the future.

Flaherty noted he does feel Falls can have a successful program in the future.

"You've got to keep measuring your progress day-to-day and you've got to keep improving," Flaherty said. "Eventually, the scoreboard will take care of itself."


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