E.C. Central football coach Stacy Adams, who in 2013 took the Cardinals to their best season in school history, is leaving the school he's been at the last four years.
He is expected to take a coaching position in the South Bend area in the coming days. March 14 is his last day at Central.
Adams' resignation is not official, pending school board acceptance of his resignation and the new position. But E.C. Central Athletic Director Trino Cavazos said that would happen "in the next few days.”
Cavazos had nothing but praise for Adams. And football is secondary, he said.
“Stacy had a great run here, he was a great person to have in the building,” Cavazos said. “He was committed to our kids and our neighborhoods. His whole package was great and amazing.”
Cavazos said he is already looking ahead to finding Adams' replacement. He also spoke highly of E.C.'s assistant coaches and said he hopes they are interested in returning.
“I am excited about this process,” Cavazos said. “We want to attract someone with great energy, a great coach, a person who understands the challenges we face here.”
Attempts to reach Adams on Tuesday were unsuccessful.
The Lew Wallace grad and former football coach at Valparaiso University spent four years at E.C. Central, posting a record of 32-14.
The building process exploded in 2013, when the Cardinals won their first sectional and regional championships. E.C. advanced to the Class 4A Northern Semistate for the first time in school history.
Though the Cards were defeated 38-0 against Dwenger in Fort Wayne, it did not change the positive impact of what Adams and 29 seniors had accomplished.
“I'm so proud of these kids,” Adams said after the game. “They had a lot to overcome and they did it. They came together, they became a real good football team and more importantly they became good young men.
“No one can take that away from them.”