Longtime Salt Fork football coach Brian Plotner has stepped down.

Superintendent Phil Cox said Plotner submitted his letter of resignation on January 16. His resignation was effective immediately.

In his letter, Plotner wrote, “I am ready to lessen some of my responsibilities that involve being in charge of this program, and feel it would be best for me and my family to resign my head coaching position.”

Cox said Plotner, a third-grade teacher at Salt Fork South Elementary School in Jamaica, will continue serving as an assistant coach for the high school boys’ basketball team.

“This was a decision he made,” Cox said, adding Plotner had met with him and mentioned his intentions several times before submitting the letter.

“Coach Plotner has put a lot of time and effort over the years into this program, and the district is grateful for that. We respect and understand his decision to step down at this time.”

Cox said that Plotner planned to meet with his players January 23 to talk about his decision.

Plotner spent 21 years with the program, including 17 as its head coach. He’s been the only leader in Salt Fork football history, since the school district was established in 2015.

During his time helming the squad, Plotner produced a 127-53 record with 16 postseason appearances between Class 1A and 2A action.

His final playoff contest was a first-round loss to Arcola last October.

Cox said the district will post the position soon and put together a search team “to find the best head coach available.”

Colin Likas contributed to this report.