Sierra Vista Buena football coach Ryan Scherling resigned today after leading the Colts to back-to-back playoff appearances for the first time in more than 30 years.

Scherling, a 28-year-old first-time head coach, went 14-8 in two seasons with the Colts and took them to the playoffs for consecutive years for the first time since they went each season from 1974 to 1979.

“We accomplished a lot in our two years here and going forward this program is in better shape than when we found it,” Scherling said this afternoon. “That’s always the main goal, to leave a program in better shape than when you started."

Last year's 8-3 finish was Buena's best since it went 9-4 and made the state semifinals in 1983. It was also the Colts' first playoff appearance since 1993.

This season, however, was bumpy from the start.

Scherling was placed on paid administrative leave in mid August by the Sierra Vista School District as it investigated an internal matter involving him.

Following the investigation, the district's governing board held a special session, Scherling presented his resignation but no vote was taken to accept it. Instead the board voted 5-0 to retain him.

The Colts got off to a 1-3 start and recovered to make the playoffs with a No. 15 seed but lost 42-27 in the first round at Gilbert Mesquite. They finished the season 6-5.

Scherling said his resignation was a mutual agreement and that he's taking some time off but will likely be back in coaching down the road.

“I’m excited about what the future holds and I’m very thankful about what the administration gave me with my first coaching job,” he said.