One of the top football teams in the state is in search of a new coach. The job at Palmer Ridge is open after Mike Armentrout stepped down for personal reasons.

He announced his departure from the program in a letter to players and parents. Palmer Ridge athletic director Lance McCorkle confirmed Armentrout’s departure to Colorado Preps on Wednesday night.

The Bears were 22-3 in the two years under Armentrout, who took over the program from Tom Pulford to start the 2021 season. Pulford was the head coach for all three state championship wins for Palmer Ridge.

“The past two years have been full of incredible memories,” Armentrout wrote to players and parents. “I have been blessed more than I deserve. Please understand I am only a fraction of the magic that is Palmer Ridge Football. The last few years are a collaborative effort from several incredible individuals. I am confident the nucleus of what makes Palmer Ridge special will remain in place.”

The new coach will have plenty of weapons returning to the squad as quarterback Derek Hester will return for his senior season as will leading tackler Holden Wright.

Of the football head coaching positions that will come open this offseason, Palmer Ridge should have high interest because of the program’s successful track record for much of the last decade.