Mike Golden has resigned after four seasons as Delaware Hayes High School football coach “to focus on his health.”
“Mike let us know (of his decision) last week and he met with the team just before spring break,” athletics director Steve Glesenkamp said. “Coaching high school football is very time consuming and stressful and he feels the best thing he can do is focus on his health right now.”
Golden, 62, has been battling throat and lung cancer since being diagnosed in September 2016.
The Pacers were 3-1 at the time of the diagnosis and Golden stepped away from coaching to undergo chemotherapy and radiation treatments. Assistant coaches Justin Malivuk and Ed Golden, Mike’s brother, shared the head coaching duties for the remainder of that season and the Pacers finished 4-6.
Golden was medically cleared to return to coaching in June and guided Delaware to a 3-7 finish last fall. He was 14-20 with the Pacers and has a career record of 217-98 in 29 seasons, with stints at Watterson (1988-2002), New Albany (2004) and Upper Arlington (2005-13) before being hired at Delaware in 2014.
Golden led Watterson to the Division III state title in 2002 and his teams have made playoff appearances in 16 seasons.
Last April, he was one of five inductees in the inaugural class of the Central District Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
“His coaching career speaks for itself,” Glesenkamp said. “He had an amazing run as a football coach in central Ohio and had a storied career. But more importantly, he is an amazing person. All of our students will miss him.”
Golden, who teaches social studies at Delaware, also will be stepping down from his teaching position at the conclusion of the school year, Glesenkamp said.