Merrill head football coach Tom Tourtillott is leaving the Bluejays after seven seasons as the head coach. He spent 14 years on the staff. He will join the Rice Lake football staff as an assistant.
Tourtillott guided Merrill to the playoffs in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011. In the 2009 season, the Bluejays won the first playoff game in school history. They carried that post-season run into Level 4 where they lost to two-time state champion Kimberly.
He was an assistant in the 2011 WFCA All-Star Game.
Tourtillott says the move to Rice Lake was a family decision.