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Waca steps down as Kewanee coach

KEWANEE — Chris Waca has resigned as the varsity football coach at Kewanee High School after four seasons.

The Princeton native submitted a letter of resignation to KHS athletic director Tim Atwell, which was accepted by the Kewanee School Board Monday evening.

In his letter of resignation, Waca stated, “After some time of reflection, I am stepping down as head football coach at Kewanee High School, effective immediately. I would like to take this chance to thank you for the opportunity and wish the Boilermaker football program success in the future.”

Waca took over a program in 2009 that hadn’t won a game in two and a half seasons. The Boilers went 4-5 two years later and in 2011, Waca. led the Boilers to their first playoff appearance in 12 years, finishing 5-5. Kewanee fell in first round play of the playoffs to eventual 3A state champion Aurora Christian 35-8.

The Boilers finished 1-8 this season.

Waca, who teaches math and business at KHS, spent one season as an assistant coach before being promoted to the head coaching position when Josh Cavanaugh was not retained.

He previously was an assistant coach at Downers Grove North from 1998-2005, including the 8A state championship season in 2004. and Princeton (2006-07).

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