After five years on the job, Artie Rogers stepped down Monday as the T.F. North football coach.
Rogers, a Hammond native, said he wants to spend more time with his high-school age daughter and pre-teen son.
"There were a lot of events they were involved in this past summer, fall that I wish I could have made it to," Rogers said. "Now, I will have that chance to go to their games and events.
"T.F. North has been a great place, but it was time to make a decision that is in my family's best interests."
Junior two-way lineman Jamal Williams said Rogers made an impact on him and his teammates.
"It's going to be tough losing Coach Rogers, because he was a second father to me," Williams said. "He taught me everything I know about football and he also took an interest in you beyond football.
"I understand why he is leaving and I wish him the best of luck."
The 1988 Morton grad was 20-27 at the Calumet City high school. He guided the team to back-to-back Class 6A playoff appearances in 2010 and 2011. Rogers was Times' Illinois coach of the year in 2011 and the Meteors beat District 215 rival T.F. South in overtime.
Prior to becoming the Meteors' head coach, he was the team's defensive coordinator under Tim Zasada from 2002-2006. Zasada was his offensive coordinator from 2009-2011. Rogers was the head coach at Clark in 2001 and the Pioneers were 3-7. He played for George Hall at Morton and also coached under the hall of fame coach. He was an assistant at Merrillville under Rick Wimmer and Jeff Yelton, and under Jim Sherer at Hammond High before taking the Clark position.
He was recently inducted into the Hammond Sports Hall of Fame.
The 2012 team suffered a 1-8 record, but this year's team was in the hunt for a playoff berth after it beat Lemont in Week 7 to improve to 3-4. The Meteors dropped their last two games to T.F. South and Oak Forest.
"We had a lot of good kids, but we didn't have a lot of numbers," Rogers said. "Our kids fought hard this year and we led in every game but the Oak Forest game in the second half.
"We got better as the season went along and the kids gave their maximum effort. We had some injuries and you couple that with low numbers, it takes a toll."
He will remain at the school as a dean and will continue to work with the players until a new coach is brought in.
"I will open up the weight room and let the kids come in and work out," Rogers said. "We got some colleges that have interest in our kids and I will handle that to help our kids move on."