PAYNESVILLE — Max Meagher has resigned as activities director at Paynesville High School.

Meagher, 38, stepped down from all positions in a letter sent to the school board on Wednesday, Nov. 17. Along with being activities director, Meagher was the head football coach, an assistant wrestling coach and dean of students.

In his letter to the school board, Meagher noted that he and the school district were unable to come to an agreement on a new contract.

Meagher’s resignation is on the agenda for Tuesday’s Paynesville school board meeting.

“It was an extremely difficult decision,” Meagher said by phone on Friday, “but at this time, for myself and my family, it wasn’t a good fit any longer.”

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With Meagher’s resignation, Paynesville Secondary School principal David Oehrlein will be the acting activities director for the rest of the 2021-22 season. A posting for the job will be listed sometime at the start of 2022.

“The timing of the resignation does present some challenges,” Oehrlein said by e-mail Tuesday regarding the mid-year change. “We are working on a plan to continue to ensure the needs of the district are met.”

Oehrlein added, “We appreciate what Mr. Meagher has done for the students at Paynesville Area Schools as an activities director and coach.”

A 2003 Paynesville High School grad, Meagher returned home to become the head football coach in 2009. In 13 seasons as head football coach, the Bulldogs had a record of 88-47 and went to state in 2011, ‘17, ‘18 and ‘19.

In 2010, he became the activities director, replacing Kyle Nehowig.

“It’s been the absolute time of my life for me and my family,” Meagher said about his tenure at Paynesville. “It’s been an incredible ride. In 2009, they took a chance on a guy that didn’t know anything and we managed to keep our heads above water. It’s an incredible community with incredible people.

“(My family) got way more out of this than we gave. We’re forever indebted to people along the way. It’s been marvelous.”