Clay Angle took one final drive by Viking Stadium on Tuesday night.
It was a final memory to take in during a silent farewell tour as the Curtis High School football coach.
The 59-year-old Angle – a Curtis High graduate who has taught in the University Place School District since 1977 – resigned after eight seasons Tuesday.
“Right now, I have no regrets,” said Angle.
Angle had two stints under former Vikings football coach Bob Lucey as the offensive coordinator – the last coming in 2006.
Lucey retired, and Angle was hired the next season for his first head-coaching gig.
In all of Angle’s eight seasons, the Vikings reached the postseason – including a trip to the 4A state semifinals in 2010, losing to Skyline.
Over the past year, Angle had experienced a couple of health issues, and said he started thinking about stepping down this past spring.
He decided to return for this final season — a rebuilding effort of sorts. Curtis finished third in the SPSL South, and was eliminated by Union High School in the district round.
“All year was a bittersweet year. I knew I was leaving, so I was checking off the things I did,” Angle said. “I took this year to take it all in.”
Angle’s overall coaching record is 56-20.
The opening will likely be posted at the end of this week with an approximate closing date of Jan. 9. School officials would like to fill the position sometime in mid- to late-January.