Coyle resigns as Crusaders' football coach
After 13 years as the head football coach at Father Judge High School, Tom Coyle has stepped down to take the same position at Penn Charter.
The move became official on Thursday afternoon, when Coyle met with his players at Father Judge to give them the news. He was later introduced as the new football coach at Penn Charter at 3:30 p.m.
"Tom Coyle resigned as the Judge football coach this afternoon to accept the head coach position at Penn Charter beginning next season," Father Judge athletic director Ed Evanitsky said in an email to theNortheast Times. "We already have set up a search committee to begin looking for a qualified replacement for Tom. We don't have any timetable for making a selection yet."
Penn Charter released a press release announcing the hiring of Coyle, who went 73-77 in his 13 seasons at Judge.
The statement reads as follows:
William Penn Charter School announced Thursday that Thomas Coyle, currently head football coach at Father Judge High School in Philadelphia, will return to Penn Charter in the upcoming season as head football coach for the Quakers.
“Coach Coyle brings a level of expertise and energy to the Penn Charter football program that we believe will usher in another great era of Quaker football,” said PC Director of Athletics and Athletic Planning John Thiel. “We are very excited about next fall.”
Coyle has led the football program at Father Judge, his alma mater, since the 2000 season. For 13 years before taking over the reigns at Judge he was Penn Charter’s defensive coordinator, first under Bill Gallagher and then Brian McCloskey. Coyle succeeds Jeff Humble, who resigned at the end of this season after five years directing the Quakers program.
A successful and widely respected coach, Coyle earned Philadelphia Catholic League Coach of the Year honors twice and was the Philadelphia Daily News Coach of the Year in 2001. He has coached in the Pennsylvania East/West and Big 33 All-Star games, and in 2012 he traveled to Ireland to coach in the Global Ireland Football Tournament. He received the Mayfair CDC Youth Service Award in 2007 and recently was inducted into the St. Timothy Parish School CYO Hall of Fame. Coyle and his wife, Samantha, are Penn Charter parents with a son and daughter in grades 2 and 4, respectively.
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