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Legendary Elkhorn football coach Mark Wortman retiring after 41 years

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Posted at 11:48 AM, Feb 26, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-26 20:05:18-05

ELKHORN, Neb. (KMTV) — Legendary Elkhorn football coach Mark Wortman is retiring after 41 years. Wortman led the Antlers to six state championships including last fall and an overall record of 356-96.

Wortman spoke with 3 News Now Sports Director Adam Krueger on Friday following his announcement.

"This is the right time and that was my last game," said Wortman. "It was a great season but shoot, my wife and I have had 41 really good seasons here. This has been my life."

Wortman ranks 2nd all-time in Nebraska football history in career wins with 356. He led the Antlers to the playoffs in 31 of his 41 years with 11 title game appearances.

"I couldn't think of any other place I'd rather be," Wortman said. "I've been very lucky and very blessed to be at Elkhorn with the community, the parents, the administration and then the top-notice, quality kids we have year in and year out."

The Nebraska High School Hall of Fame inductee says he'll now spend more time with family but will still keep an eye on the Antlers.

"I'm going to miss something fierce the Friday nights being with the kids," Wortman said. "When kids graduate and to remember what they were like when they were freshmen and how they grew up and how they matured physically, mentally, emotionally and I could feel like maybe I was a small part of that process. It's been an unbelievable place to be for 41 years."