Bruce Schlaich resigns as Fruitland football coach

After 35 years of coaching high school football players in California and Idaho, Fruitland High football coach Bruce Schlaich has resigned.

Schlaich told KBOI-TV on Monday that he will still teach at Fruitland - and may even return to coaching someday down the road - but right now, he wants to spend time with his family.

"As a coach, I've spent more time with other people's kids than my own," Schlaich quipped. He did coach both his adult sons at Fruitland, something he called a career highlight.

In 12 years, Schlaich went 110-23 at Fruitland, guiding the team to the last seven straight 3A state championship games. The Grizzlies were 2-5 in those title games, including a 37-10 loss to Shelley this season.

Before coaching at Fruitland, Schlaich led Parma to the 1996 state A-3 Championship.

Fruitland Athletic Director Beth Holt said Schlaich has given plenty of notice and the school can be patient in its process to hire his replacement.

"I imagine we'll get quite a few applicants," Holt said, adding that which teaching positions come open will impact the hiring process because Schlaich is not leaving his position as weight training teacher.