Mariner High officials are looking for a new football coach after Chris Siner submitted his resignation earlier this week after three seasons at the helm.
Citing the travel distance from his home in Immokalee and the need to spend more time with his young family, Siner insists he is leaving the program in better shape than it was when he took over in 2010.
"The wins and losses were not where we should be," Siner said, "but we had to change the culture at the school. We made strides and now the kids are making football a top priority."
After three consecutive 3-7 seasons, Siner steps down with a combined 9-21 mark to show for his first attempt as a head coach.
"We were getting blown out the first year," he said. "This year, we were just 10 points from being 5-5. We made progress. Everyone could tell we were a different team."
Siner said he drove 90 minutes every day from his home in Immokalee, where he served as an assistant coach with the Indians for nine years. The 1994 Mariner graduate has a wife and two sons, ages 9 and 5, who need and deserve more of his time.
"Some weeks I would spend three nights in Cape Coral at my mother's house," Siner said.
Siner will stay at Mariner as a teacher unless a coaching and teaching opportunity comes along nearer to Immokalee. He applied for the open head coaching job there, but that job recently was filled by Estero's Rich Dombroski.
"I don't know yet," Siner said. "My days would be a lot shorter not coaching because football is 12-hour days, maybe more.
"I'm a football coach," he added. "I want to coach football, assistant or head coach. I'm just not sure what will happen. As long as it is closer to home."
Siner leaves the Tritons with a strong underclass squad. They only graduate 10 seniors.
"Whoever comes in next will inherit a great staff if they keep them together," Siner said. "And the kids are great because now they want to play football. There are a lot of juniors who played varsity and are battle tested."
The school hopes to have a new coach when spring practice arrives on April 24, but no timetable is established at this time.