published Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

Barry Loyal steps aside as Chattanooga Christian football coach

For the first time in its fledgling football program's history, Chattanooga Christian is making a coaching change.

Barry Loyal, who has been the Chargers' head coach all five years of varsity competition plus the two previous years they played junior varsity schedules, has stepped down.

"It's just time for a change," Loyal said. "The kids have been great and I've enjoyed coaching at the school, but it's time for someone else to take over.

"To be successful in football takes a lot more than just going out on the field every Friday to play the game. There's an overall adjustment for a school community when a new program is started, and I think a change might help get things move in the right direction."

The Chargers are 13-37 for their five varsity seasons, with the best finish coming in 2010 when they went 4-6 and narrowly missed making the playoffs. They finished 3-7 last year, but Loyal has helped build the roster from around 25 players in the team's first season to more than 50 last year.

School principal Bryant Black confirmed that Loyal would not be returning as coach and the school issued a press release that said, "The CCS athletic department and the school community would like to express its deep appreciation for Coach Loyal's faithful, sacrificial service over the past eight years. His deep commitment to his players and his personal integrity will leave a life-long legacy in the young men he has served as coach these past eight years."

Contact Stephen Hargis at shargis@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6293.

about Stephen Hargis...

Stephen has covered local sports in the tri-state area for more than 24 years, having been with the Times Free Press since its inception, and has been an assistant sports editor since 2005. Stephen is among the most decorated writers in the TFP’s newsroom, winning numerous state, regional and national writing awards, including seven in 2013 and a combined 12 in the last two years. He was named one of the top 10 sports writers ...

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