Hefner out at Lincoln-Way Central
By Pat Disabato email@example.com November 20, 2012 6:40PM
Updated: December 22, 2012 6:16AM
Brett Hefner, who compiled a 7-20 mark in three seasons as Lincoln-Way Central’s football coach, resigned Friday.
“It’s in the best interests of me and my family to resign at this time,” said Hefner, a married father of a 10-year-old son and 7-year-old daughter. “The dedication and work ethic of the kids has been phenomenal. I enjoyed my time. The relationships I’ve formed is what I will treasure the most.”
Hefner inherited a Knights program that, while coming off a 6-4 season in 2009, had low numbers throughout the program. His teams went 1-8, 2-7 and 4-5.
“Brett took over the program at a difficult time and did a lot of good things,” Central athletic director Hud Venerable said. “I think we’re all disappointed in this year, that we came up a little short in what we thought we could do with this group. I thanked Brett for all he did.”
Central now is searching for its fourth coach in the past seven seasons.
“The high turnover isn’t desirable,” Venerable said. “It doesn’t allow you to build a program. We would prefer to hire someone that will be here for a long time.”
Anyone interested in applying for the coaching vacancy can visit www.lw210.org.
Joliet Catholic went for a first down on fourth-and-1 with a minute to go in the third quarter against Montini, declining to punt though leading by 10.
“Last week (in a quarterfinal victory over Lincoln-Way West) we would have punted,” coach Dan Sharp said. “This game was different the way it was going. We thought the way to go was to pick up the first down.”
Lincoln-Way East will sell title game tickets from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday in the school’s athletic office.
Cost of a ticket is $10.
Tickets for Lincoln-Way East and Morris can be purchased after Wednesday through the University of Illinois ticket office by calling (217) 333-3470.
Tickets purchased through the Illinois office will be held at will call on game day.
Contributing: Tina Akouris