Montabella’s Clay resigns, cites time commitment


By Chip Burch • Last Updated 10:19 am on Tuesday, November 26, 2013

BLANCHARD — Montabella will be looking for a new varsity football coach.

David Clay resigned earlier this month, saying he couldn’t give the time to the program that he would have liked.

“Basically I have a very young family,” Clay said. “We have a 9-month-old daughter, a 5-year-old son and a 6-year-old daughter that require my time and trying to keep the program competitive takes more of my time. I didn’t feel like the time I put into my program with my other responsibilities, I didn’t feel like I could give my best effort. Also I became the only doctor at my chiropractic office.”

Clay now is the only chiropractor at Stanton Family Chiropractic.

Clay was 33-25 in his six seasons as coach of the Mustangs. Montabella made the playoffs in three of those six seasons.

“I’m really proud at the support I had been able to get,” Clay said. “There’s a lot of things that have changed since I took over. Montabella had one winning season from 1997 to 2007. But we won a playoff game a couple years ago against Burton Bendle and made it to the district championship. There’s been a lot of progress. We’ve been able to start the Quarterback Club and they’ve raised about $30,000 since forming that club. We’ve taken on a lot of projects. So there’s really a lot of things to take away from what we’ve done at Montabella.”

But it was the time thing that convinced Clay.

“I’m the type of person that whenever I take on my responsibility I’m going to give it 100 percent,” he said. “If something becomes an obstacle I don’t wan to get it half effort. There may still be some coaching opportunities that may not affect my time commitments. The times not there. Do I wish it didn’t come down to that? Sure. It’s a great place to be and there are some good kids there. But it wouldn’t be fair to them to put the time in that they deserve.”

Montabella athletic director John Helinski said he wouldn’t be posting the position as available until the new year.

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