AMHERST, Mass. -- University of Massachusetts football coach Robert Pickett, who led his team to the 1978 Pioneer Bowl Division I-AA national title game, resigned as head football coach Saturday.
He made the announcement, citing personal reasons and saying 'this was a good time to leave,' at a news conference in Amherst.
'It was a hard decision,' Pickett said. 'Our recruiting is over and this is a good time to do it. This is the best time to do it in the interest of my family.'
Pickett, 50, said he has accepted reassignment to the office of David Bischoff, UMass dean of physical education. Bischoff said officials had not yet decided what Pickett would do but, 'it will be important.'
Bischoff also said the search for a new head football coach had not begun.
Pickett compiled a 36-28 record in six years coaching the Minutemen. During that time Massachusetts won four Yankee Conference championships and in 1978 went to the Division I-AA title game, but lost it.