Bartlett steps down as BC High football coach

Boston College High Athletic Director Jon Bartlett confirmed tonight to ESPNBoston.com that he has stepped down from his secondary duty as the school's head football coach. He will remain in his position as the school's athletic director.

"Basically, as an Athletic Director, head football coach, and with my family, that’s being pulled in a lot of different directions," Bartlett said. "That's a lot on the plate. It was a tough decision, but the right decision right now as far as my priorities."

The announcement was made this afternoon, following the end of the school day on the Dorchester campus, in a meeting between Bartlett and the football team.

Bartlett stepped into the head coaching position before the 2008 season, and promptly led the Eagles to their first Division 1 Super Bowl title since 2000. This past fall, the Eagles captured their second Super Bowl title in four seasons, downing Needham for the Division 1 title at Gillette Stadium.

In four seasons under Bartlett, the Eagles went 33-12, with two Catholic Conference titles.

Bartlett said he couldn't put a timetable on how quickly they will name a successor, but would like to move, "as quickly as possible", while at the same time doing the appropriate diligence.

"We want to make sure we get the right head coach," Bartlett said. "We want to move as quickly as we can, but we want the right head coach. We want continuity with staff members and the present staff members. We want to make sure we do a good job finding the next head coach."

The story was first reported by Dan Ventura of the Boston Herald.