Jantzi, staff excited for second stint leading NT football

File photoIn this Nov. 29, 2009 file photo, head coach Eric Jantzi (second from left) celebrates with his assistants after leading North Tonawanda to the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Class AA championship with a victory over New Rochelle at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse.

North Tonawanda coach Eric Jantzi, who returned to the Lumberjacks last season after a seven-year absence, has resigned, athletic director Matt Cook confirmed Wednesday.

“We are sad to see him go,” NT superintendent Greg Woytila said. “He will be spending more time with his family.”

According to Woytila, the search for a new coach is underway, and the next hire will likely come from Jantzi’s former staff. The hope is the acceptance of Jantzi's resignation and the confirmation of a new coach will be approved at the next NT school board meeting, which is scheduled for Aug. 5.

“We are going to shuffle some things around in house,” Woytila said.

Sources confirm one of the applicants is assistant coach Rick Tomm, who served as head coach at NT in 2010.  

The Lumberjacks finished 2018, the first year of Jantzi's return, with a 2-6 record.

Jantzi finished his first tenure at NT with an 86-23 record, which included eight division titles, two Section VI titles and the only New York State Public High School Athletic Association title in school history in 2009.

Jantzi did not return a request for comment.

Fall practice begins Aug. 19. This is the second key departure from the NT program this year after last year's quarterback, Wally Wisniewski, transferred to St. Joe’s.