Broken Arrow Tigers head football coach Steve Spavital to resign amid health concerns

BROKEN ARROW, Okla. - Broken Arrow head football coach Steve Spavital has resigned due to health concerns, the school district announced Monday evening.

Spavital, who has coached the Tigers for the past seven years, made the decision as a result of prolonged health issues.

"During the last few years, I've been battling several health issues that make coaching a challenge," Spavital said in a statement. "I am a competitor, and it's frustrating to have my coaching performance limited by issues beyond my control. The players deserve a head coach who can give them 100 percent, and I have reached a point where I just can't do that for them anymore."

Spavital coached Broken Arrow to a 10-3 record this season, with the Tigers making it to the Class 6A semifinals before losing to Tulsa Union Friday. The team went 39-12 with Spavital at the helm, even reaching the state title game in 2011.

"Coach Spavital is a well-liked figure in the Broken Arrow community, and he has been a key player in bringing success to the athletic program in this district," said Broken Arrow Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Jarod Mendenhall. "While we will respect his need to focus on himself and his family, he will certainly be missed, and not easily replaced."

Before coaching at Broken Arrow, Spavital spent time as a coach, teacher and principal at Union Public Schools and was involved with semi-pro football in Canada.

Spavital will reportedly stay on with BAPS in some capacity, but that designation has yet to be announced.

Broken Arrow officials said Monday an effort to find Spavital's replacement will soon begin. The district will hold a news conference Tuesday morning to further address Spavital's resignation.

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