Perham head football coach resigns mid-season
PERHAM -- Head football coach at Perham, Mike Jordahl, turned in his resignation at the Perham-Dent School Board meeting Wednesday night as head football coach of the Yellowjackets.
PERHAM - Head football coach at Perham, Mike Jordahl, turned in his resignation at the Perham-Dent School Board meeting Wednesday night as head football coach of the Yellowjackets.
The resignation, accepted by the Perham-Dent School Board at the meeting, was effective immediately. His coaching salary has been prorated for his work during the season.
Jordahl leaves the program after four-plus seasons with the Yellowjackets. He amassed a career record of 27-18 as head coach in his tenure with Perham. He led the Yellowjackets to two state tournament appearances during the 2011 and 2012 football seasons.
In three seasons of the renewed football rivalry between Perham and Detroit Lakes, Jordahl was 2-1 in the three meetings all won by the visiting team.
Perham-Dent Superintendent Mitch Anderson said at the meeting that Jordahl's resignation was not a result of any disciplinary action. Jordahl was not present at the meeting.
“I’m working through some things,” Jordahl told the Focus on Thursday. “I’m stepping down to focus on my family and my classroom.”
He said he was confident in the coaching staff going forward.
Perham is 2-1 overall this season and 1-1 in Heart O' Lakes North Conference play. The Yellowjackets are coming off a 41-0 loss at No. 2-3A Pequot Lakes last Friday and host Roseau this week.
Perham Activities Director Erin Anderson said the plan is to name an interim coach for the remainder of the season. He will be meeting with the team and assistant coaches soon, he said. More information should be available in the next few days after Perham’s homecoming game Friday.
The Yellowjackets take on Roseau in their 2014 home opener on Friday, and Anderson said the coaching staff feels prepared for the game.
“They feel confident that they are prepared to carry forth the game plan that they were already working on this week into tomorrow night’s game and be able to execute that, even if they are one man down,” Anderson said.
The main focus right now, he added, is on the players.
“We are going to get through this announcement, do the best we can for them, have the leadership they need, and (allow them) to experience the season they want to have.”
DL Sports Editor Robert Williams contributed to this story.