Richland Northeast football coach Bennett Weigle is stepping down after two seasons.
Weigle made the announcement on Twitter on Thursday night. He plans to remain at the school as a teacher for the remainder of the year.
“This was a difficult decision and one that I labored with for weeks,” Weigle wrote. “But I know it is the right move for me and my family at this time.”
Weigle went on to thank his family, RNE administration, his coaching staff, members of the community and his players in the statement. The Cavs had one of the youngest rosters in the Midlands and also lost quarterback Josh Boyd, who suffered a heart attack in October.
“We knew this year was going to be tough with the youth and inexperience of our roster but none of us could have imagined the adversity we were going to face,” Weigle said. “Our kids could have easily laid down and quick but they battled until the end.”
Weigle went 4-16 after taking over for longtime coach Jay Frye. The Cavaliers missed the playoffs both seasons and haven’t made the postseason since 2015, the year they moved into Region 3-4A with the likes of South Pointe, Ridge View, Westwood and York.
RNE’s last winning season came in 2011 when it went 9-3. It’s best season since then was going 6-6 in 2015.
Weigle was on the RNE staff since 2008. The opening is the first in the Midlands this year.
“Bennett, he is a first class person who has been an outstanding mentor to our football players. I will miss him and wish him the very best in whatever he chooses to do next,” RNE athletic director Gary Fulmer said.
Fulmer said he doesn’t have a timetable for hiring school’s next coach
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