After just one season as head coach of the Riverside Academy football team, Chris Lachney announced his resignation Monday.
Lachney spent four seasons as the defensive coordinator of the Rebels under former head coach Bill Stubbs. Riverside was the Division III state runner-up in 2015 and won the title in 2016. Stubbs retired shortly after the championship game and Lachney was promoted to the spot.
Before coming to Riverside, Lachney had been the head coach at Pope John Paul II for four years and was an assistant coach at Brother Martin before that.
The Rebels reached the 2017 Division III semifinals under Lachney, falling to Notre Dame, 41-31. The team finished 5-5 after playing just seven regular-season games, but that included epic battles against Rummel, De La Salle and Barbe.
Senior quarterback Jordan Loving has received preferred walk-on status at LSU and receiver Jalen Banks has committed to Army. Running back Jeremy Gibson de-commited from Arkansas in December after the firing of Razorbacks coach Bret Bielema.
Lachney said his decision is purely family related. He and his wife, Tori, welcomed a baby girl, Blake Marie, in late December.
“This is a wonderful place,” Lachney said of Riverside Academy. “It’s like Disneyland for a coach. I love it here. I just have to do what’s best for the benefit of my family.”