Rocky Mountain, Columbia football coaches resign

Rocky Mountain High football coach Jason Warr and Columbia High football coach Derek Mertz recently resigned, according to each school's respective athletic director.

Warr has been the head coach at 5A Rocky Mountain since the school opened in 2008. In five seasons, Warr led the Grizzlies to an overall record of 24-26, including state playoff appearances in 2009, 2010 and 2012. Rocky's best season was in 2010, when the Grizzlies went 9-2 and advanced to the state semifinals.

"It's time for me to pursue some other opportunities. It was now or never." Warr said. "It was a tough decision because I love my job and Rocky is a great school, but I just have to go forward and see how things go."

Mertz, meanwhile, took over the 4A Columbia program in 2008. In five seasons the Wildcats went 20-26, highlighted by a 7-3 record in 2011 in which Columbia made its first state playoff appearance in school history.

Columbia Athletic Director Randy Potter said Mertz resigned in order to spend more time with his family. The search for Columbia's next football coach will begin shortly, Potter said.