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Bob Forsyth stepping down as Linn-Mar football coach

Was 50-37 in nine seasons

Linn-Mar head coach Bob Forsyth on the sidelines during a game against Iowa City West at Linn-Mar High School on Friday, Aug. 24, 2012. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)
Linn-Mar head coach Bob Forsyth on the sidelines during a game against Iowa City West at Linn-Mar High School on Friday, Aug. 24, 2012. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)

MARION — Bob Forsyth will publicly anounce Friday that he has stepped down as head football coach at Linn-Mar High School.

Forsyth came to the school from Council Bluffs Lincoln in 2008 and led the Lions to a 50-37 record in nine seasons. That included Class 4A playoff berths in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2014 and 2015.

His two best Linn-Mar teams were in 2014 (9-2) and 2011 (10-1). The Lions were 3-6 this past season.

The program was dogged by an investigation by the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners into alleged verbal and physical abuse of players from assistant coach Matt Casebolt. He, Forsyth and activities director Scott Mahmens were named in the formal complaint, with all three cleared of wrongdoing by the IBOEE.

Casebolt did not coach this past fall. Mahmens retired after the 2015-16 school year.

When contacted via text message Thursday night, Forsyth said everything he wants to say publicly will be on Linn-Mar’s football website sometime Friday morning, and that the decision to step down is solely his.

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