Posted: 5:05 pm Tuesday, December 11th, 2012

Chris Kokell resigns as Forest Hill’s football coach 

By Jeff Greer

Chris Kokell announced Tuesday he’s resigned as the head football coach at Forest Hill.

Kokell, 33, coached Forest Hill for three seasons, compiling a 3-27 record at the helm of one of the area’s most challenging programs. That record, by most accounts, is actually a significant improvement for a program that snapped a 37-game losing streak and was outscored by 277 points by its opponents the season before Kokell arrived.

Kokell took over in April 2010 after two seasons as the head coach at Pope John Paul II. He was an assistant coach at Boca Raton before the Pope job, and has coached several Division I players, including North Carolina State safety Brandan Bishop and wide receiver Mikey Bullard, who will join FAU’s football program in January. Forest Hill this season finished 1-9 for the third consecutive season, and did so amid some controversy and change.

The school hired a new athletic director, Kurt Van Valkenburgh, over the summer, a day after former assistant coach Michael Dudeck was arrested for falsifying student transcripts for several football players.

Kokell informed school administrators on Friday that he was resigning his position. But, he added, his entire staff was staying at the school.

“It was time,” Kokell said. “I just needed a break. I was tired. It was a tough position. It wasn’t easy, but the program, I feel, is in good standing.”