Marshfield High School head football coach Justin Ainsworth has resigned and has chosen to accept a job as a vice principal in Palmer, Alaska.
Ainsworth, a graduate from Marshfield himself, has been with his Alma mater for 10 years as part of the football staff and a history teacher. He replaced Kent Wigle in 2009 as head coach and went 10-28 in four seasons under the helm.
For Ainsworth, leaving a place he’s called home for 10 years will not be an easy task. In an email he commented on the difficulty.
“One side of me is really excited,” Ainsworth said. “I love it up there. I’ve been going up there since Tiffany (wife) and I were in college. The other part of me is just agonizing, there’s so many friendships here. I’m not leaving disgruntled or unhappy. I like it here. I’m happy with my job and with coaching and teaching.”
Ainswoth’s wife, Tiffany, is from Palmer, Alaska, where he will be relocating. Part of the decision was to move his family, which includes three young children ages five years old to 18 months old, closer to her family.
“(It was) the most agonizing decision that I’ve had to make as an adult,” Ainsworth said. “Lots of mixed emotions. I would be lying if I said I wasn’t excited about moving to Alaska; however, leaving friends, family, and the football program (is) heart-wrenching. Ultimately, I have to do what’s best for my family.”
Marshfield Assistant Principle Bryan Trendell believes that the team is in good hands as it moves down from 5A to 4A next season in the OSAA classification.
“This group of juniors is the first group that came through with the youth football program,” Trendell said. “Our JVs and our freshman team, they won a lot of football games last year.”