Wild’s Morris Lolar resigns; Paco Martinez will be next coach

08/02/2013 3:31 PM

08/02/2013 3:31 PM

Morris Lolar has resigned as coach of the Wild and accepted a job as an assistant football coach at Northwest Mississippi Community College, the Wild announced Friday.

Former offensive coordinator Paco Martinez will replace Lolar as Wild coach.

“I enjoyed my time with the Wild and I appreciate the opportunity the organization has given me over the last few years,” Lolar said in a news release from the team. “I have invested a lot in the team and it’s difficult to leave, but this is a rare opportunity that I couldn’t pass up.”

Lolar took over the Wild midway through the 2011 season and guided the team to a 6-3 finish. In 2012 the Wild reached the championship game in the Indoor Football League, and in 2013 the team went 12-2 and won the Champions Indoor Professional Football League title game.

Martinez was the Wild’s offensive coordinator in 2012 and an assistant in 2011. He is in his eighth season as an assistant coach on the Friends football team.

“Losing Morris is going to be tough,” Martinez said. “He has done an amazing job of leading this organization to where it is today and creating the family mentality our team has taken on. He’s challenged me to think about football differently than what was natural to me and that has made me a much better coach to help me get here today.”

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