Provo High football coach Clint Christiansen says he's no longer the right guy to lead the revitalization of the Bulldogs' gridiron program.
After four years at Provo and after compiling an overall record of 22-19 as the Bulldogs' head guy, Christiansen informed school administrators on Tuesday that he's stepping down as football coach.
"It's just time to do something different," Christiansen said.
Provo's best season under Christiansen was last year when the Bulldogs went 9-3 and finished second in Region 7. This season, however, Provo was only 2-7 and failed to qualify for the playoffs.
The main factor in Christiansen's decision to resign is frustration over issues affecting the low number of players in Provo's program. The Bulldogs finished the year with less than 40 players in uniform. With boundary changes, the lack of a city-run youth football league and the continual threat of losing players to other schools, Christiansen believes the numbers could remain low for
the next several years. He told school officials that a new coach, with new energy and new ideas might be able to generate higher numbers.
Three new high schools will open in Utah County in the next two years and Christiansen does hope to return to coaching. However, he wants to coach in a community that has a quality youth football program, which will help develop talent and generate interest in the local high school program.
"I enjoy coaching and I'm not really ready to get out of coaching, but for me to coach again it's going to have to be at a place where I really want to be," he said.Christiansen, a star player at Grantsville High and Southern Utah University, took the Provo job after a stint as South Sevier's head coach and an assistant at Timpanogos. For now, he plans to remain at Provo High as a teacher.