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updated: 10/28/2017 3:14 PM

Sebestyen steps down at Prospect

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  • Mike Sebestyen has stepped down as Prospect's football head coach after seven seasons.

      Mike Sebestyen has stepped down as Prospect's football head coach after seven seasons.
    Patrick Kunzer FILE PHOTO | Staff Photographer

 
By Dick Quagliano
Daily Herald Correspondent

Mike Sebestyen resigned as Prospect's football head coach on Friday after seven seasons in that role.

"It is the right time for me and the program going forward," Sebestyen said. "I am looking forward to the next challenge and chapter."

Sebestyen was named head coach in 2010, replacing Brent Pearlman. Sebestyen had served as a member of Pearlman's coaching staff for 13 years.

During his tenure as head coach, Sebestyen's teams went 27-39. The Knights qualified for the playoffs in his first two seasons, going 7-4 in 2012 and sharing the MSL East title with Rolling Meadows.

Prospect missed the playoffs the next five seasons. Sebestyen had a young and inexperienced squad this season and at one time started seven sophomores. But the Knights still managed to go 3-6 and had the arrows pointing up at the end of the year, winning two of their final three games.

"We were very young," Sebestyen said. "I had a great staff to build these kids. It is hard to leave the kids. But we wanted to prepare them for the off-season. I wanted to leave the program in a better place than it was a year ago."

That program should have the building blocks for a solid season next year. The Knights return running back Michael Shafis, who is coming off a 746-yard rushing season, and quarterback Jimmy martin, who threw for 346 yards while rushing for 402.

"We have a great group of kids here," Sebestyen said. "And going forward I am comfortable with my decision to hand it off to the next guy. I am excited to see the next phase of Prospect football and I will be their biggest fan."

Sebestyen said after the season ended, he took a few days to discuss his future of coaching at Prospect with his wife and his family. He reached a decision last Wednesday and told the kids at a regularly scheduled meeting on Friday.

Sebestyen will remain at Prospect, where he teaches Economics and also coaches track.

"I spent 20 years in this program," said Sebestyen, "and I didn't't make this decision lightly. I don't know what I am going to do, but that's part of the fun of it. Some of that time is just going to be a parent to three children."

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