MANLUS — Football has been a big part of Jeff Ohlson’s life for as long as he can remember. He’s come to realize, however, there’s just not enough time in the day to stay actively involved anymore.
As reported in Tuesday’s BCR, Ohlson submitted his resignation as head football coach at Bureau Valley High School after six years at Monday’s school board meeting. He will remain on staff as activities director and full-time PE teacher.
“There’s not enough hours in the day,” Ohlson said. “I made a decision to concentrate being a full-time teacher and activities director. And I’ve got two kids at home and a wife. I’ve got to fit hours in the day for them. I don’t want them to be neglected. There needed to be some things removed from my plate.”
When asked in a perfect world he’d remain a football coach, he said, “there’s no such thing as a perfect world.”
Ohslon and his wife, Christy, are the parents of Zachary, an eighth-grader, and Anne, a second-grader.
Ohlson, a former Princeton High School and North Park University football player, came to Bureau Valley in the fall of 1997. He was an assistant on the Storm football staff under John McKenzie, Jason Kirby and Dave Moore before stepping up as head coach in 2008 when Moore moved to neighboring Princeton.
In his first three years at the helm, Ohlson guided the Storm to three straight playoff appearances with a combined 23-9 record. His first team went 10-2, reaching the 3A quarterfinals with a win in four overtimes over Morrison before bowing out to Elmhurst Immaculate Conception 41-8. The Storm also won the Big Rivers Conference championship in 2008.
Overall, Ohlson’s Storm posted a 32-27 record in six years, finishing 3-6 this fall. He also served as head girls basketball coach for nine years and last spring resumed his duties as weight coach for the track and field squad.
“I enjoyed coaching. I loved coaching football. I’ve coached a lot of things in my time. But now I guess I get to coach coaches on a full-time basis,” he said. “It’s time to move on to another chapter in my life.”
Ohlson said he assumes he’ll be involved in the hiring process of his successor. He told his assistants his plans to step down, but said he is unaware of any interest on staff for the job at this time.