Legendary Cabot football coach Mike Malham announced last week that this upcoming season will be his last at helm of the Panthers program.

Malham has been the coach at Cabot since 1981 and has amassed 297 career wins, making him the winningest active coach in the state, and second all-time to Barton’s Frank McClellan.

In his 37 seasons at Cabot, Malham has 297 wins, 133 losses and four ties. He has lead the Panthers to two state titles, the first in 1983 when the team went 13-1 and again in 2000 when the team went 14-0 and among the team leaders was Matt Malham, the coach’s son, who now serves as an assistant to his father.

Cabot was state runner-up in 1997, 1998 and 2013. The 1997 and 2013 teams were undefeated headed into the championship game. Cabot played in the state semifinals 11 times under Malham and won 15 conference championships.

“I’ve spent half my life here at Cabot,” Malham said in a release, “I’m not sure how I’ll feel after leaving, it’s bittersweet, but I’m a lifetime member and will always be a Cabot Panther fan.”

A former professional football player with the Chicago Bears, Malham was college standout at Arkansas State University and played for his father, Mike Malham Sr., at Little Rock McClellan.

Malham is still Arkansas State’s fourth all-time leading tackler and was an Academic All-American.

“Mike Malham is a coaching legend,” Cabot superintendent Tony Thurman said. “He comes from a football family and pours his heart into our athletes. It’s been amazing watching him on the field. He will truly be missed but will always be part of our Cabot Panther family. We wish him the best in retirement.”

Malham joined his father in the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame in 2015. The elder Malham was inducted in 1999.