CCA coach resigns

COUGARS: Former CCA football coach Rob Rorie talks to a player during a summer practice prior to the 2014 season. Rorie resigned from the head coaching position on Tuesday. (Pioneer file photo)

COUGARS: Former CCA football coach Rob Rorie talks to a player during a summer practice prior to the 2014 season. Rorie resigned from the head coaching position on Tuesday. (Pioneer file photo)

Rorie steps down as Cougars’ football head coach

BIG RAPIDS — Crossroads Charter Academy football coach Rob Rorie resigned on Tuesday after two years at the helm.

“(Rorie) left on really good terms,” CCA athletic director JJ Eads said. “He said he needed to focus on other things like family and his work.”

Eads said he was notified of Rorie’s resignation after receiving a letter from the coach on Monday.

“We are now just switching over to looking for a new head coach,” Eads said. “We are looking to have some good candidates, but right now we are looking internally. If we cannot find a new coach internally, then we will open the job up to someone from outside.”

Eads said “time of commitment” will be an integral factor in the hiring process as the school looks for a year-round commitment from it’s new coach.

“We are looking for someone to establish a real program,” Eads said. “We want a coach that can instill discipline, expectations and competition. No coach has really established a solid program, but we are getting there.”

Rorie took over the Cougars’ football program after the departure of Fred Peacock in 2013. He also served as an assistant under former coach Jeff Thorne. The team had not won a game since 2010 at the time of Rorie’s hiring as head coach, eventually switching to eight-man football.

“He came into a tough spot,” Eads said. “Last year, the team came together a bit after making the playoffs. I think that aspect will make this an appealing job.”

Eads said CCA will stay with an eight-man program for at least two more years.

“I am looking forward to the next step in this process,” Eads said. “It’s going to be interesting, but we are just going to try to get a good pool of resumes.”

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