Golden Valley football coach Andy Campbell resigned on Monday and said in an e-mail that he knows he put the football program in a tough spot with the start of the season less than four weeks away.
“The timing of the whole thing was terrible,” Campbell said in his e-mail. “I’ve received tremendous support from family, friends, parents, and students.”
Campbell added that his decision to leave the football program and the school was not made in haste. He wanted to give his staff and players plenty of time to make the transition to a new coach as smooth as possible.
“I’ve been working my tail off for the past few weeks trying to get my GV staff up to speed so the transition would be seamless and I feel we have accomplished that,” Campbell said. “I didn’t just up and leave. I’ve taken the time to prepare the people who I care about, the GV Football program.”
Campbell said in a release that he wanted to return to his home state of Minnesota to be with his family. He said he believes he leaves the Golden Valley football program in better shape than when he started as the football coach two years ago.
“While I have enjoyed my time and experiences in beautiful Southern California, my heart and soul belong with my family needs back home in Minnesota,” Campbell said in a release. “I leave a promising Grizzly football program in better condition and prospects than when arriving two seasons ago due to the hard work and dedication of some diligent assistant coaches, a handful of devoted parents, and a committed staff at GVHS. Along the way, I’ve been blessed to work with some amazing student-athletes whom I am proud to have guided in their lives.”
Campbell was 3-17 as the Golden Valley football coach. In his first season, he went 0-10. He was 3-2 after the first five games of the 2010 season, but did not win a Foothill League game and finished with a 3-7 record. He did not win a Foothill League game in his two seasons at Golden Valley.
“While I know statistically I may be judged a failure by chasing that elusive first Foothill League victory, I will measure my success in the positive influences and relationships I have made with my kids, coaches, co-workers, and Grizzly football supporters from across the Santa Clarita Valley and beyond,” Campbell said.
The Golden Valley football team opens against Simi Valley on Sept. 2.