Posted: 12:00 pm Monday, November 18th, 2013

John I. Leonard head football coach Wayne Monroe steps down 

By Anthony Chiang

The Lancers will spend the next month looking for a new football coach.

Wayne Monroe has resigned as John I. Leonard’s head football coach after eight years with the program, according to Lancers athletic director Scott Siegel. But Monroe will stay at the school, moving into a full-time position in John I. Leonard’s dean’s office.

Although the Lancers finished with a 1-9 record this season, Siegel said the team’s disappointing season did not play a role in Monroe’s decision.

“He was a class act,” Siegel said. “There were times he went far beyond the call of duty. The record this year did not influence his decision to step down as coach. It was more for personal reasons.”

One of the reasons for Monroe’s resignation was an injury that he suffered 15 months ago. Monroe suffered a shattered elbow in an on-campus accident on Aug. 24, 2012, forcing him to miss the team’s first six games of the 2012 season. He is still dealing with lingering effects from the injury, as he will undergo a third surgery on his elbow this week.

“The biggest thing was my health,” Monroe said. “I just think the right thing to do is to step aside and give myself a chance to heal properly, and somebody else can deal with the day-to-day things.”

Siegel said he plans to interview candidates for the opening during the first week of December, and he hopes to have a new head coach in place by the start of 2014.

“We want the best candidate for the job, whether that person comes from inside the program or from outside,” Siegel said.

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