Humphrey steps down as BHS wrestling coach

The Bulldogs are a man short on the mat.

Butte High head wrestling coach Jim Bob Humphrey resigned his position Tuesday morning, citing family conflicts and disappointment in the team’s results.

Butte High Activities Director Chuck Merrifield said the search for a new coach will begin as soon as possible.

Humphrey, who held the head coaching position for three seasons, said he gave his decision plenty of thought following the State meet last February in Billings.

“I gave it a month to sit and think,” Humphrey said Tuesday. “I was disappointed with how State turned out, and you know, I want to spend some more time with our kids.”

Humphrey and his wife Jami have three sons in kindergarten, fourth and sixth grade.

“They’re at the age where they are quite a bit of fun to be around,” Humphrey said.

The Bulldogs placed 10th, 13th and 12th in Humphrey’s three trips to the All-Class State Wrestling meet in Billings. The Bulldogs took home nine top-six finishes including a pair of state titles. Levi Renz won the 145-pound title in 2014 as a junior, while Lee Cannon claimed the 205-pound crown last month as a senior.

“I decided that it’s in a better spot than when I took it and whoever steps in will have a great senior class coming up,” he said. “It’s a great group of young men to work with. The pieces to the puzzle are there. I’m just disappointed in myself for not getting it put together.”

Merrifield said Humphrey would will retain his job teaching English and history at Butte High, along with his assistant coaching position with the Bulldog football team.

“We’re happy to have had him here,” Merrifield said. “We appreciate what he did for Butte High School, and what he will continue to do. I don’t think people understand how many hours go into the job. This is a guy who was in it for the right reasons.”

While Humphrey said he looks forward to more hours with his family, he said he’ll miss the job.

“I enjoyed every minute of it,” he said of the stint. “I held myself to some high standards but I just didn’t get it done. I’ll move on, and we’ll see what happens.”