Bill Mackley resigned yesterday after six seasons as Calvert Hall football coach, citing a new business commitment that frequently will take him out of town for several days a month.
"I've had the opportunity to help turn some programs around, and the kids and people I've worked with are second to none," said Mackley, who was 31-32 at Calvert Hall.
Mackley's coaching career covers 27 years, including a head coaching job at John Carroll, stints as an assistant at Johns Hopkins and Cardinal Gibbons, and experience in area recreation programs.
The Cardinals, who were 5-5 this year, had their best season two years ago, going 9-2 for a No. 2 area ranking. They won their annual Thanksgiving game against Loyola, 21-0, in Mackley's first season but lost the past five.
"My biggest dream was to become a head football coach, and I was able to do that for 12 years," said Mackley, who didn't rule out coaching again. "You never say never because you never know what can happen down the road."
Since 1974 Mackley has owned and operated his Carpet Services business, which picked up a national contract this year. He bypassed a business opportunity with Jiffy Lube in 1982, instead taking his first head coaching job at John Carroll, where he was 41-19 in six years.
"This time I'm resigning because of my business, but this was one of the most difficult decisions I've had to make in my life," said Mackley, 50.
Athletic director Lou Eckerl is unsure when he will begin the search for a replacement, but he indicated in a prepared statement yesterday that Mackley will remain active during the transition period, helping seniors get into college and assisting in other areas.
"Bill will surely be missed at Calvert Hall," said Eckerl.
"He was always there for the students. He is a class act. His level of dedication, time and energy to the program was excellent. He has given not only to the football program, but to the athletic department and school as a whole."