After two years on the job and less than two months after being given a contract extension, Marshall head football coach Jay Eilers has resigned.
Eilers turned in his letter of resignation Friday afternoon, according to MHS athletic director Caleb Crawford.
Eilers said the surprise decision was due to "another opportunity that wasn't planned for to go back to the collegiate level and coach football there." He accepted the position of offensive line coach at Angelo State University, an NCAA Division II program in San Angelo, Texas, a job similar to the one he left at Missouri Western State to take over the Owls.
Eilers leaves with "regret for not doing a better job" in Marshall.
"I was excited to be here," he said. "I just wish I could have done a better job of getting young people to participate in the program and have a better record."
The Owls posted their fourth straight 3-7 record in 2010, Eilers' first season, but were 0-10 last year -- the first winless season for the 94-year-old program since going 0-7 in 1943.
Eilers believes the experience at Marshall "will make me a better coach."
The Marshall School Board added to Eilers' duties by naming him an assistant track and field coach three days before he stepped down.
Crawford said "we'll try to get somebody suitable in here as soon as we can," and expects to have a candidate for the Board's approval at its next regular meeting June 26.
In the meantime, Eilers' staff will pick up some of the slack for the summer program until a new head coach is hired, Crawford said.
Eilers was Marshall's third head coach since the retirement of Missouri Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame member Cecil Naylor after the 1995 season -- following Roger Bell (1995-99) and Paul Thomas (2000-09).