St. Clair High School will be looking for a new head football coach after Cody McDowell decided to step down.

McDowell isn’t moving to another teaching position. Instead, he’s moving back to southwest Missouri, where he will become the ranch manager on his family’s farm.

“Cody did more for the football program than people know and I know that from being here and observing behind the scenes,” St. Clair Athletic Director Greg Dunigan said. “I hate to see him get out of coaching all together as I believe he has so much potential as a young coach but I’m sure he will coach again. We appreciate everything Cody did to build the football program at St. Clair and wish him and his family the best.”

McDowell coached the Bulldogs for four seasons, posting a record of 28-16 overall and 17-7 in the Four Rivers Conference.

McDowell’s best season came in 2012, when he led the Bulldogs to a 10-2 mark overall, 5-1 in the Four Rivers Conference. The Bulldogs fell only to Sullivan that year, losing in the FRC game and again in the district championship contest.

McDowell took over as head coach in 2010, going 7-4 overall and 4-2 in the FRC. The team repeated that 7-4 overall mark in 2011, but improved to 5-1 in the conference.

Last season was the only one below .500 and only a miracle comeback by Borgia made St. Clair 4-6 rather than 5-5. The Bulldogs were 3-3 in FRC games last season.