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Chaparral football coach Jeremy McCullough has resigned

By in Press Enterprise on February 2, 2018

By Eric-Paul Johnson

Jeremy McCullough resigned from his position as Chaparral’s head football coach this week, citing a difference in vision within the athletic department for his departure.

McCullough has coached football at Chaparral for 16 seasons, with the past three as the program’s head coach. McCullough’s record was 12-20, but the Pumas went 7-5 this past season and returned to the playoffs for the first time since 2013.

“It’s probably a good change at this time,” McCullough said. “I had certain expectations for this program, wanting to get Chaparral football back to the top. But it takes a village to get there, and my philosophy didn’t match up with those of others.”

McCullough’s time with Chaparral football program began in 1999, and he coached “about every position there is” during those early years. McCullough eventually settled in as offensive coordinator in 2003. He was around for the high points of the program — three trips to a CIF Southern Section finals in four seasons, including a victory over Vista Murrieta in the 2009 Inland Division title game.

“I’m extremely proud of everything we’ve been able to do here,” McCullough said. “I still remember the first league win over Temescal Canyon at The Diamond, and of course, winning the CIF championship. I told the kids that I am still going to be their biggest fans and I’ll always be available if they need some help.”

McCullough will remain a teacher in Chaparral’s physical education department. As for the next step in his coaching career, McCullough will weigh his options.

“I do plan on coaching again. When or where that is remains to be seen,” he said.


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