Dale More was hired less than a year ago to take over an Immokalee High football program that had won just four games the season prior.
And as of Friday afternoon, More resigned as the program’s head coach after winning six games and reaching the Region 5A-3 semifinals. He continues to teach special education classes at the school.
“My priorities have shifted and it is more important for me that I be more available to my family,” More wrote in a resignation letter to the school. “That being said I feel it is time for me to resign from the Head Coaching Position at IHS.”
The Indians, who last won a state championship in 2004 under John Weber, have now had four coaches in the eight years since Weber retired in 2007.
Reached by phone Monday, More said that in his final meeting with administration, he expressed a desire to move on from the position.
“We had our meeting on Friday,” More said of his meeting. “I had time to mull over what’s going on. I decided I was ready to be done.”
But he fell short of declaring retirement from high school football.
“You never say never,” More said. “You never say you’re done. If something comes across my plate, I’ll evaluate it. But for right now, I’m done.”
More’s team won five out of its last eight games this season before falling to Dunbar, 49-3, in the region semifinals.
Throughout his time at Immokalee, More had remained close to Weber, who had coached him while at Cypress Lake in the 1990s. Weber expressed concerned at the position and what exactly the program was doing following a year in which the team improved and reached the postseason.
“I’m not really sure what they’re looking for,” Weber said. “I mean, they went to six wins and made the playoffs. It’s a little hard to understand what’s going on.”
The Indians had racked up dominating wins over Lely and International School of Broward in the last weeks of the season before securing a difficult road win over Lemon Bay in the first round of the region playoffs.
“It was a good year. I’m proud of the kids. I accomplished a lot of things I wanted to accomplish,” More said. “I just want to move forward.”
It was More’s second job as a head football coach after leading Cypress Lake for two years from 2012-13, going 1-19 overall.
He is a resident of Cape Coral.