Whitefish boys basketball coach Mark Casazza has stepped down after five seasons leading the Bulldogs.
The coach has been with the program for 14 years.
“I started coaching basketball to try to make a positive impact in some young men's lives,” Casazza said in his resignation letter. “Instead, they ended up changing my life, and for this I will be forever grateful. It is time for me to open a new chapter in my life.”
Whitefish finished the 2013-14 season 11-10 overall and 5-3 in the conference. The team missed the state Class A playoffs for the fifth consecutive season.
Casazza was 55-49 overall as head coach. His only losing season came in 2009-10 when the Bulldogs finished 6-14.
Whitefish athletic director Aric Harris thanked Casazza for his service.
“He has served countless hours and gave an enormous amount of energy to our program,” Harris said.
“Mark Casazza is a man of great character and integrity, these same traits were ultimately instilled in every basketball player that has gone through our program the past 14 years. He has taught the boys in our basketball program how to become responsible, hard working young men.”
Casazza was the fifth head coach for the boys team in the past 14 years.
He was hired in 2009 when Eric Stang resigned after two seasons leading the Dogs. Julio Delgado returned to the bench to coach the boys for the 2006-07 season.
Derek Schulz coached the team for three seasons from 2003-06. Tom Bertelsen coached the Dogs from 2000-03. Delgado led the Bulldogs for 19 seasons through the 1980s and 90s.
Whitefish last won a state championship in 1991.
Casazza's coaching career
Year - Overall record