BILLINGS – Casey Marlenee has resigned as the head girls soccer coach at Billings West. Mark Wahl, the Billings Public Schools director of athletics and activities, announced Marlenee’s resignation on Wednesday.

Marlenee took over the Golden Bears’ program during the 2013 season and guided the team to four consecutive appearances at the State AA soccer tournament from 2014-2017. West advanced to the semifinal round in 2014, 2015 and 2016.

The Bears finished the 2017 regular season with a 5-4-5 overall record, clinching the Eastern AA’s fourth seed with a 2-1 win over Great Falls CMR in the Class AA playoffs. West ended its season with two consecutive losses at the state tournament.

“We appreciate the time and effort Casey has put into his program and wish him the best,” Wahl said, adding that a search for a new coach will begin immediately.