Matt Durchik steps down as Fivay head football coach

HUDSON — There’s a second head coaching vacancy in Pasco County and it's in the northwest.

Matt Durchik has resigned as the head football coach at Fivay High School, per a press release by principal Jason Joens. The Falcons finished up a 6-3 season under Durchik in which they qualified for the postseason. Because of coronavirus, however, they had to forfeit their playoff game. Fivay ended the season by defeating River Ridge.

“Fivay High School Athletics wishes to announce that Head Football Coach Matt Durchik has informed us that he is resigning from his role as Head Football Coach for personal reasons," a press release from the school reads. "Fivay High School is extremely grateful for Coach Durchik’s efforts these past eleven years and the positive impact he has made upon the character of his athletes and our FHS community. A thorough search for a new head football coach will begin soon."

The opening becomes the second in the county since the season has ended. Just a couple of weeks ago, Daniel McLeod resigned as head coach at Gulf High School. Now, Fivay begins the search for a head coach, along with Gulf, after a winning season.

The Falcons went 25-33 in six seasons under Durchik, with the program’s best season coming in 2019 at 7-3. Durchik grew up with the program and served as an assistant under Chris Taylor, the school’s first head coach.

“I felt it was time to step back, reevaluate and focus on my family,” Durchik said. “I’ve thoroughly enjoyed and am grateful to all that I’ve worked with and coached the past 11 years with Fivay Football. Yes I hope I’ve helped to set a solid foundation for the next coach to build upon.”

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