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Moline football's loss just became Moline football's gain.

On Feb. 11, Mike Morrissey announced his resignation from the Moline football program to take Stevenson High School in the Chicago Suburbs. On Friday, that all changed when Morrissey resigned from Stevenson and will return to the sidelines at Browning Field to lead the Maroons.

"A lot of things came up," Morrissey said. "We had some family things healthwise that made me want to stay close to home to help. Going up there to Stevenson was going to be difficult at times where I might be needed at home."

Morrissey said this situation came up about two weeks ago and he immediately contacted Stevenson to let them know what was happening.

"As much as I love and respect the people up there, this was the place I had to be," Morrissey said. "They were obviously disappointed at Stevenson, which they should be, but they completely understood. Trish (Betthauser, Stevenson athletic director) is nothing short of being an unbelievable human being.

"They were very supportive of me and my situation. They understood family will always come first."

A part of Morrissey's family was ecstatic on Friday afternoon when he announced the decision to his players.

"The hardest part these last few weeks was seeing those kids in the halls and knowing I wasn't going to get to coach them," he said. "I want to thank our administration for letting me stick with them in our weightlifting class. My plan was to turn that class over to the new coach when he was hired.

"Luckily, that is me. I think some of the kids knew this was happening because of some reports coming out of the Chicago area last week. I think they can finally relax and get back to consistency. They handled this time so well and responded well in the weight room."

For his immediate family, he said the fact that they enjoyed their time in Moline made it easy to stay.

"My wife made a lot of friends and is very comfortable here," Morrissey said. "Then, having the kids started in Moline schools, it helps keep that consistency. We are happy to be here and stay here for a long time, at least as long as they will have me."

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