Blue Valley North High School head football coach Adam Pummill has resigned, following a disappointing season.
Catch up quick: Pummill took to social media earlier this week to announce he is stepping down as the Mustangs’ head coach, a job he took over in 2021 after serving as the school’s offensive coordinator the previous three seasons.
— Adam Pummill (@CoachPum) November 20, 2022
Key quote: “It was an incredibly difficult decision,” Pummill told the Post. “You get so close with a lot of the athletes, and any coach at this level understands you coach for a much bigger reason than just what’s on the surface… Even though we had some challenging times on the field, there were also moments of fighting adversity and sticking together.”
What he says: Due to the position’s long hours and challenges the team has faced under his leadership, Pummill said he decided to leave the position in order to focus more time on his wife and two young children.
- “We made a positive difference in all the kids’ lives, so we feel like we were successful in some sense,” Pummill said. “But at the same time, you want to have more success on the field and, humbly, I’m used to success on the field, so it’s been challenging.”
- The Mustangs were 1-8 this past season, just two years removed from advancing to the Kansas Class 6A state championship game.
Background: Before joining the Blue Valley North coaching staff, Pummill had built up a wide-ranging coaching resume, including becoming the youngest head football coach in European professional football.
- In 2010, Pummill helped lead Swedish American football team Carlstad Crusaders to its first ever championship win during his first season of coaching that team.
- Upon returning to the U.S., Pummill continued his coaching career at both the high school and college levels at various programs around New York state.
- His career also incudes a stint in 2013 and 2014 as a quarterbacks analyst for the NFL franchise Cleveland Browns.
What’s to follow at Blue Valley North
Pummill said he plans to finish out the school year teaching physical education and doing his best to help students who are interested in playing college football, but he is unsure of what the future holds after that.
- “I’ve considered possibly going back to the college route, but I’ve also really enjoyed most of my time in high school,” he said. “We’ll play it by ear and see, but I definitely will stay in coaching.”