Brian Cross, the only coach in the history of the Olentangy Orange High School football program, resigned Nov. 22.

Brian Cross, the only coach in the history of the Olentangy Orange High School football program, resigned Nov. 22.

"It was a mutual agreement," said Cross, who was 33-30 in six seasons at Orange and is 218-126 in 31 seasons as a head coach. "I resigned, but I still plan on coaching again."

Orange finished 1-9 overall this season and seventh (1-6) in the OCC-Capital Division behind champion Worthington Kilbourne (7-0).

The Pioneers won league titles in 2009 and 2011 under Cross, and made the playoffs in those seasons. Cross had only one losing season at Orange before this one, going 3-7 in the inaugural 2008 season.

Orange went 9-3 in 2009, 6-4 in 2010, 8-3 in 2011 and 6-4 in 2012.

"Coach Cross did a lot of great things for Orange, especially getting the program started," athletics director John Betz said. "There's not a better Xs and Os coach out there."

Betz said he is accepting applications through Dec. 13 at john_betz@olsd.us.

-Scott Hennen