Downey steps down as Memorial football coach

When Kevin Downey first became a head coach nine years ago, he wasn't even married. Now he and his wife have four kids and a 5th on the way and the oldest child is just five.

Memorial announced Tuesday afternoon that Downey has stepped down as their head football coach effective immediately.

"Nothing scandalous Ang, I just want to spend more time with my family," Downey said by phone Tuesday afternoon.

Memorial Athletic Director Frank Kurth had nothing but positive things to say about Downey.

"We appreciate the time and effort that Coach Downey has poured into our football program," Kurth said. "He has been an excellent role model for our athletes and coaching staff. We have a very good foundation in place for Charger Football and we wish him well in his future endeavors."

Kurth said he was caught by surprise when Downey first brought up the subject Tuesday night. The final decision came Wednesday morning. Kurth says he understands, pointing out that he left being a coach in college football many years ago for family reasons as well.

Kurth said Memorial will attempt to move quickly in the hiring process to replace Downey who was 11-11 in two seasons as the Chargers head coach after taking over for the legendary Phil Teegarden. A young and energetic coach, Downey had rejuvenated the Memorial program and appeared to have the Chargers headed in the right direction.

Prior to taking over for Teegarden, Downey was the head coach at his alma mater South Bend St. Joe. There he led the Indians to the 2007 state championship game and built the foundation now continued by his younger brother Ben, who took over as the Indians head coach when Kevin left for Memorial. St. Joe has played in the state title game each of the last two seasons.

Downey was 64-40 in nine seasons as a head football coach.

Downey says he will continue to teach at Memorial for now but added, "we'll see where the world takes us."

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