West Forsyth head coach Shawn Cahill will not return to coach the Wolverines this fall, as he announced his resignation from his position to his team on Wednesday.
“He did a nice job of taking our program to the next level,” West Forsyth athletic director Brett Phipps said. “We appreciate the hard work that he put in for those three years. We feel like we've got a real bright future. We've got a lot of talent coming up in the younger levels, so we're going to focus on them and I think we've got an exciting season coming up with the Corky Kell being hosted here and all that.”
In three years at the helm at West, Cahill amassed a 17-16 overall record, leading the Wolverines to the state playoffs in each year of his tenure. In what turned out to be his final year at West, his team entered the playoffs as a No. 4 seed, falling to Parkview in the first round.
Phipps said Cahill, who is originally from North Dakota, wanted to spend more time with his family and his kids, who are still young.
Cahill did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
His decision to take a step back wasn’t a complete surprise to West, but it still wasn’t entirely expected.
“He kind of hinted at it before Christmas break,” Phipps said. “I think he and his wife had talked about it all over the break. I didn't know it was coming, but I kind of thought maybe it might, and then it did.”
West has already posted the job opening, and will keep it up for two weeks while resumes roll in. Meanwhile, the school is already working on putting together a committee for the selection and interview process.
The goal is to get the field narrowed down by the middle of February, and hopefully have a coach in place by the end of that month.
At the moment, the transition will only apply to the head coaching position – West is expecting most, if not all, of its assistant football coaches to stay for the 2020 season.
“Right now, I think everybody's (staying),” Phipps said. “We'll see what the new guy's thought process is, however, I'm really committed to these guys because a lot of these guys came over here to work with us.
“From my perspective, as long as they want to stay, they're welcome to be here and continue to work for us. We've got some really good guys.”
Cahill's departure marks the second coaching change in Forsyth County this school year, as former Lambert head coach Louis Daniel stepped down last month.
West Forsyth gymnastics coach Ashley Owen also tendered her resignation at the beginning of the week.
Owen started the school's gymnastics program in 2010 and won three state championships at West Forsyth, most recently in May when the Wolverines edged Lambert for their third consecutive title.
Owen, the 2019 Forsyth County News Coach of the Year, is no longer listed on the school's official athletic website, and former assistant coach Kara DiCesare is listed as the head coach.
This is a developing story.