Shane Richards resigns as Sacred Heart football coach after two seasons

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Sacred Heart coach Shane Richards announced his resignation as football coach for the Knights on Friday after two seasons.
Sacred Heart coach Shane Richards announced his resignation as football coach for the Knights on Friday after two seasons.

Sacred Heart will be looking for its third football coach in five years.

The school announced Friday afternoon that Shane Richards has resigned after two seasons.

Richards was hired in May 2020 to replace Garrett Galanski, who fired after three seasons.

Richards said it was one of the toughest decisions he had to make.

"I've been over there in the coaching aspect either in junior high or high school for 14 years," Richards said. "It was tough on me. With my daughter starting high school volleyball, I really want to support the family and her.

"With the boys, it was easy for me to coach them and watch them. With my job with the (Salina) Fire Department, it was tough to be there every day and the head coach needs to be there every day."

Richards went 2-16 in his two seasons at Sacred Heart, including an 0-9 campaign this fall.

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"Coach Richards' commitment to the school community is clear and evident," Sacred Heart athletics director Bryce Woodall said in a statement. "He is a strong supporter of the school and is fully committed to the overall success of the students in every realm of life.

"Sacred Heart would like to thank him for his contribution to the school and the football program, and wish him well in the future."

Even though Richards will still be around Sacred Heart, he said the Knights' football program has a bright future ahead of them.

"They have the capability of doing it," Richards said. "I'll still be in the background helping out. I think they're going to do just fine if we can find the right coach."

The statement from Sacred Heart said a search for a new head football coach will begin in the near future.

Dylan Sherwood has been a sports reporter for the Salina Journal since August 2019. He can be reached at dsherwood@salina.com or on Twitter @DSherwoodSJ

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