Coach declines job after being picked to lead Central High School football team

Blake Pizan

One week after Little Rock Central High School named Blake Pizan as its new head football coach, he has withdrawn his application for the job.

The Little Rock School District announced his decision Wednesday afternoon and said it would move quickly to fill the position.

Pizan has been the offensive coordinator at North Little Rock High School since 2012. He said in a statement that he turned down the job at Central High because he was not fully committed to coaching the team.

"This role is one that inspires, shapes and molds young men to higher heights and experiences that will last a lifetime," the statement says. "To accomplish this task, one must be fully committed heart, soul, body and mind. My mind has not fallen in alignment. In its absence, I cannot fully commit to this job."

The Little Rock School District said other finalists for the position will be given consideration as the hiring process resumes.

The job became open when longtime coach Ellis "Scooter" Register announced his retirement in February.

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