After 19 years as head football coach, Rob Kittrell is ready for a break.
Kittrell announced Thursday he will step down as Sparks High football coach. He will remain at the school as athletic director and teacher.
“It’s time. It’s been a long haul,” Kittrell said. “No more Friday nights on the sideline. I’ll be supervising.”
The Railroaders finished 2-7 this season. A tough overtime loss at Elko in September was followed by a 42-28 loss to undefeated Spring Creek.
Kittrell said the way the schedule fell, along with injuries, plagued the Railroaders.
“I’m proud of how the kids fought. There was no quit. They showed heart all the way,” he said. “In that way, it was a successful season.”
Kittrell said it is time for a change.
“It’s time for some fresh energy. We’ve done as much as we can do,” he said.
Kittrell has been at Sparks for 27 years.
He coached the Railroaders into the state playoffs in 2006. The Railroaders finished 8-3 that year, losing to Moapa, 35-28 in the playoffs.
Kittrell is the longest-tenured coach in the area. Reed’s Ernie Howren now assumes that position. Howren is in his 16th season as head coach at Reed.
Kittrell said the football coach position at Sparks will be posted in the next couple weeks. For information on it, contact Kittrell at 775-353-5550.