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Northrop football coach resigns

Northrop football coach Tim Martone announced his resignation to his team Thursday at the Bruins' banquet.

Martone was 12-28 in four seasons with the Bruins. His squad finished 2-8 this year with a 40-20 sectional-opening loss to Warsaw.

Northrop athletic director Bob Shank met with Martone on Monday and told him the school wanted a coach to be in the high school building.

"He was looking for someone in the building – I'm an elementary teacher, not a high school teacher," Martone said. "They want to go another direction with that, and so I agreed. We'll see what direction they go with. Hopefully, things can continue to get better there, too."

Martone took over the program after an 0-10 season and accepted a job that no one else interviewed for, according to the former coach. His players were not aware of the news until the banquet Thursday.

He said there are no hard feelings about the decision.

"If things happen and I go somewhere else, I'll always be a Bruin fan at heart," said Martone, a Northrop alum. "We'll see what happens."

High School Sports Editor Greg Jones on prep sports.

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