There has been plenty of speculation about the future of David Brausch at Perkins High School.
That speculation ended Monday afternoon when Brausch told his football team he intended to resign his position as varsity coach.
"I'm resigning (today), and I'm looking for the chance to moveback to the Cincinnati-Dayton area," Brausch said. "I want to coach for sure, but it's the family and the area I miss."
He met with the players in the Perkins locker room.
"There was really no reaction (from the students)," Perkins athletic director Mike Strohl said. "Dave delivered his message, and they were dismissed. I don't think it was a real surprise, considering what they've been hearing the last couple of days."
Talk about Brausch's future intensified Friday.
"No formal evaluation has been completed, because Dave resigned his post," Strohl said. "There was no need because of his decision to resign.
"Dave and I discussed options, and Dave decided it was best for him to resign. He thought he may want to coach again, just not at Perkins. I don't think this was a very easy decision for Dave, but he thought this was best."
Brausch resigned from his supplemental contract to coach football, but will continue to serve as assistant principal at Briar Middle School. He was a school improvement specialist and math teacher for his first two years in the system.
Brausch had a 15-16 record in three years as varsity football coach, including a 3-7 mark in 2007.
Brausch replaced Rock Farlow as coach of the Pirates in 2005 after guiding the program at Lebanon High School.
Perkins went 4-6 in Brausch's first season, then 8-3 overall, including a 27-0 loss to Kettering Alter in the first round of the Division III state playoffs.
The Pirates started the 2007 season with just eight seniors on the roster and got off to a quick start with wins over Lorain Clearview and Toledo Libbey. But injuries left Perkins with only four seniors able to play in every game, and the team dropped seven straight before scoring a 38-23 win over Port Clinton in the season finale.
"We had a broad discussion about the direction of the football program, and on his own terms Dave thought it would be best to resign," Strohl said. "He was extremely professional. I can't say enough about how professional he was, considering the decision he had to make."
The search for a new football coach will begin as soon as the resignation becomes official. The job will be posted internally first.
"I think we will have a lot of interest statewide, and that refers to it being a good job based on our facilities, based on our tradition, based on the community support and the athletes in our school," Strohl said of the football position. "I haven't put a lot of thought into it, but I want to move swiftly for the kids.
"I have a commitment to the kids to provide someone who is looking to move forward and who wants to get his hands dirty in taking this program to the next level."