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Highlands coach Dale Mueller steps down

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FT. THOMAS, KY (FOX19) -

One of the most successful coaches in the history of Kentucky high school football is stepping down, a source confirms to FOX19.

Dale Mueller, who won 11 state titles, 6 since 2007, coached Highlands for 20 seasons.  His final game with the Bluebirds was a state championship loss to Collins High School in Bowling Green on Saturday. 

Mueller won 260 games at Highlands and the 11 state championships are the most of any head coach in state history. 

"It was a tough day for me. I've been just so lucky and blessed. It's just time in my life not to do it anymore," Mueller tells FOX19. "I just don't have the energy, at 59, to do the job I think you have to do as a high school football coach."

A Northern Kentucky head coach, who coached against Mueller, said "a lot of the success at Highlands is the Dale Mueller factor.  He's kind of got this thing that inspires his kids."

Mueller is the 18th coach in Highland's 98 year football history. He will stay at Highlands one more year as a teacher and AD.

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