Madison basketball coach Mark McFarland was 21-27 in two seasons with the Cubs. His 2018-19 team finished the season 12-12 with a predominantly young lineup. (Courier file photo by David Campbell)
Madison basketball coach Mark McFarland was 21-27 in two seasons with the Cubs. His 2018-19 team finished the season 12-12 with a predominantly young lineup. (Courier file photo by David Campbell)
Mark McFarland has tendered his resignation as head boys basketball coach at Madison Consolidated High School.

The resignation was made public on Wednesday upon its approval by the Madison School Board of Trustees at the Board’s monthly meeting.

“We would like to thank coach Mark McFarland for his dedication, time and energy he has invested in the Madison basketball program over the course of the last two years,” Madison athletic director Joe Bronkella said in a statement. “We wish him the very best in his future coaching endeavors.”

McFarland replaced Cliff Hawkins at the helm of the Cubs in the summer of 2017 and went 21-27 in two seasons. He took over a team that was 7-17 the year before he arrived and increased his win total each season to 9-15 in his first year and 12-12 this past season with predominantly young rosters. This past year’s squad started three sophomores for much of the season.

Since Jim Matthews was fired after the 2008-09 season, the head coaching position at Madison has been a revolving door. No coach has lasted longer than three seasons with Ryan Crick, Pat King, Hawkins and McFarland combining to go 101-124 over a 10-year span with no sectional titles. Matthews was 78-56 in six seasons with two sectional titles and two regional runner-up finishes prior to his firing.

Bronkella said the head coaching vacancy will be posted Thursday.