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Eric Dirk Resigns as Simms Head Football Coach

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The 'Dirk Era' has come to an end in Simms after Eric Dirk resigned as the Tigers head football coach.

Dirk, who led Tigers to the playoffs in both his years a the helm, told KFBB he made the decision to step down because his growing business and family made it hard to have the time and energy to make the more than 60 mile round trip from Great Falls to Simms to coach football.

Dirk has been a key cog in the Tigers turnaround over the last three years. He was an assistant on Joe O'Brien's staff in 2013 when Simms made the Class C 8-man playoffs. It was the Tigers first trip to the postseason in more than 30 years. After O'Brien stepped down, Dirk was promoted to head coach and under his watch, the Tigers advanced to the 8-man quarterfinals in 2014 and lost in the first round in 2015. 

Dirk said he first made the decision to resign a few weeks ago, but finally made it official after talking with his players. He said his interaction with the kids and the fact that the program had a lot of talent moving up through the ranks is what made the decision such a difficult one.

"It took me a long time to make a decision on what I wanted to do because I had such a close relationship with every kid on the team," Dirk said. "And we could make another run at quite possibly a state championship, so it was a tough decision. It was tough on everybody, but I am fully confident Simms will find somebody to take over long term and keep the program on the path it's going."

Dirk told KFBB he did not apply for the vacant head coaching job at Great Falls High. We reached out to Simms High School to see how the search for Dirk's replacement would be be conducted, but have yet to hear back.

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