Valor Christian is in search of a new football coach after Ed McCaffrey stepped down to take the head coaching position at the University of Northern Colorado.
McCaffrey, a former Denver Broncos wide receiver, took the job after the 2017 season and won a state championship in his first year in the helm in 2018.
McCaffrey went 26-2 in his two years with the Eagles, including a 10-2 mark this season.
The story was first reported by Football Scoop and was confirmed by McCaffrey himself on social media. The school also confirmed McCaffrey's leaving, and said their search for a new coach would begin immediately.
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Thank you Valor Christian High School for all the wonderful memories you helped create for me and my family. Especially the last two years where I was blessed to coach some of the smartest and hardest working young men in the country. I'm so proud of our players and the amazing coaching staff who joined me for the past two years. I am very excited to bring the same passion to this new opportunity with the UNC Bears.
All four of McCaffrey's sons played football at Valor Christian and later collegiately. Max was a wide receiver at Duke, Christian was a running back and Stanford and now stars for the Carolina Panthers in the NFL, Dylan is a quarterback at Michigan and Luke just finished his freshman year at Nebraska.
Valor Christian went 9-1 during the regular season, and was the No. 3 seed in the state playoffs. The Eagles advanced to the quarterfinals, where they fell to Columbine 37-30.
The Eagles will now look for their third head coach in the last four seasons, a process that athletic director Brian Bonn says will start right away. He also praised McCaffrey for what he accomplished in his time coaching the team.
“We are so excited to see Coach McCaffrey take his coaching abilities to the collegiate level,” Bonn said. ”He is an amazing coach and we are so thankful for the 2 years that he served our program. We know that the University of Northern Colorado is getting a remarkable coach that is passionate about the game of football and will only make their program better for years to come.
“Coach McCaffrey finishes his amazing high school coaching career 24-2 and we couldn't be more thankful for the relationships and time that he has spent making our program better while serving at Valor Christian.”