Pinckney football coach Jakob Gailitis resigns after five seasons

Brighton football coach Brian Lemons, Pinckney's Jakob Gailitis, Howell's Aaron Metz and Hartland's Brian Savage pose at Tuesday's KLAA football media day in Northville. Gailitis resigned as Pinckney coach on Monday. (Photo by Tim Robinson)
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Pinckney football coach Jakob Gailitis announced Monday night he has resigned.

Gailitis, who led the Pirates to a pair of playoff berths in his five seasons, said in a statement on the football team’s Facebook page he leaves “with mixed emotions.

“It has been such an honor to have the opportunity to coach in such an amazing community with even more incredible student athletes,” he wrote. +Perhaps the best memories won’t be what happened on Friday nights, but the memories made to get there.”

Gailitis took over the Pirates program in 2012, and the next season he led the team to its first playoff win in school history. The Pirates repeated the feat in the 2016 season.

“I would like to recognize all the alumni players, current players, and coaches that have played a role in our success, and a special thank you to all of the parents for your continued support,” Gailitis wrote in the statement. “Most of all I would like to thank my wife and daughters for supporting the sacrifice it took to permit this endeavor. I will always hold a special place in my heart for Pinckney Football- Go Pirates!”

Gailitis taught chemistry at Pinckney High School through the end of the 2015-16 school year. He currently teaches at Williamston High School.