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Reyda resigns as Gonzaga football coach

Gonzaga football coach Joe Reyda, who earlier this month was named Washington Catholic Athletic Conference Coach of the Year, resigned on Monday but will remain the Northwest Washington school’s athletic director.

Reyda had a record of 12-18 in three seasons, but this was the Eagles’ most successful season since 2005. They beat rival St. John’s, 35-34, in the regular season finale to qualify for the league playoffs and finished 6-5.

"I had a great opportunity and a great experience coaching the last three years,” Reyda said Monday night. “It was a nice way to end. Getting wins over [Georgetown] Prep, St. John’s and getting back into the playoffs is a good way to go out.”

Reyda said it was a mutual decision to leave the sideline and focus on his administrative duties.

“I’m disappointed that I have to leave this group of kids,” he said. “They’re a great group and they’re going to have a lot more success down the road.”

In an email to Gonzaga staff, school president Allen Novotny wrote: "I'm sure I speak for the entire Gonzaga community when I thank Joe and his staff for their professionalism, dedication and integrity. At the same time, I'm grateful that Joe will be devoting his full time attention to directing Gonzaga's nationally recognized and ever growing athletic program.

"We will shortly be starting the process of trying to find a new coach--someone who understands our mission, as well as the game of football."

By Josh Barr  |  November 23, 2009; 9:22 PM ET
Categories:  Football , Gonzaga  
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Comments

Joe is a great guy, but the shoes he had to fill were too big for him. It's time to bring Gonzaga football back. DeMatha is always (frustratingly) good and Good Counsel is leaving us in the dust. Maybe Friedgen can waddle the sidelines on Eye St. next year!

Posted by: AlwaysanEagle1 | November 24, 2009 11:34 AM | Report abuse

Joe Reyda is a great guy and a honorable man. His stepping down was the right thing to do.
There is no way you can be an A.D. at a school with as many sports as Gonzaga and also be a head football coach (2 full time jobs and one inevitably loses out). To keep up with DeMatha and GC, your coach needs to RECRUIT and that is where I believe Joe fell short.

Posted by: godispurple | November 24, 2009 4:31 PM | Report abuse

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