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The Big Foot football team will have a new coach on the sidelines when the season begins in early August. (File photo/Regional News)

After five years at the helm of the Big Foot football program, head coach Greg Enz has announced his resignation.

The announcement in an email to the Big Foot High School staff came just before Enz was scheduled to be approved by the Manitowoc school board March 12 as the new head coach of Manitowoc Lincoln.

Enz will remain involved with Big Foot through the end of the school year, serving as one of the Chiefs’ track and field coaches as well as his duties as a social studies teacher.

Even though his departure is imminent, Enz said he will still approach his current position with the same zeal he always has.

“Wherever you are at, and whoever you’re employed by, you do it because you enjoy working with people and kids,” Enz said. “I’m enjoying every day that I go to school regardless, and I’m going to enjoy my next 11 or 12 weeks before the end of the school year.”

When Enz took over the Big Foot football program in 2014, it was on the tail end of the most successful run in program history, just five years after a state title in 2009 and two years after a state runner-up finish in 2012.

The Chiefs had soared to great heights under former coach Rodney Wedig and Enz had big shoes to fill.

“He came in in the unenviable position of replacing Rodney Wedig, and still did a wonderful job for us,” Big Foot athletic director Tim Collins said. “Manitowoc’s gain will be our loss.”

In his first two years on the job, Enz kept the ball rolling, winning the Rock Valley Conference South Division title in both 2014 and 2015. By the end of his tenure, Enz’s record as the Chiefs coach was 24-25.

Over the course of those five seasons, Enz coached a number of college-bound Chiefs football players, including his son, Jackson Enz, who graduated last year and now plays at North Dakota State University.

With a school enrollment of 1,500, Manitowoc Lincoln competes in Division 1 for football playoffs. As part of the Fox River Conference, the Ships face off against some of the best teams in the state like Bay Port, Pulaski and Green Bay Southwest.

Big Foot, which has an enrollment of about 500, competes in Division 3.

Collins and the rest of the Big Foot administration will now begin a search to fill the coaching vacancy. The district has plenty of time to find a new coach, with practice for next season not set to begin until Aug. 6.

With a few teaching positions open for next year, as well as a new turf football field, Collins thinks that the head coaching job at Big Foot will be an attractive one.

“It certainly won’t hurt. It gives someone a first-class facility to work on; that certainly would be a plus for somebody coming in,” Collins said.

As his time with the team winds down, Enz says he has enjoyed his time in the Walworth community.

“It’s been an honor and a privilege to be able to work and coach with kids, and I absolutely have loved doing it here in the time I’ve been here,” Enz said.