ALTON – Darrell Angleton is the new Marquette Catholic High School head football coach.
Angleton, 50, a Roxana High graduate, was named interim head coach Monday. He replaces Matt Bucher, the Explorers’ head coach the past two seasons.
Bucher resigned late last month to pursue a business opportunity. Angleton served as an assistant for Bucher both seasons.
“Like everyone else, I was sad to see coach Bucher move on, but I’m also honored to be asked to lead this program and can't wait to get started,” Angleton said.
The Explorers, who finished 5-4 last season and narrowly missed qualifying for the IHSA playoffs, are scheduled to open their season Saturday, Aug. 29, against Civic Memorial at Public School Stadium.
“We are fortunate to have someone like coach Angleton on the staff,” Marquette director of athletics Sara Ulrich said. “He has been a high school or youth coach for 12 years. He already puts a tremendous amount of time into the Marquette program and most importantly, has a passion for coaching student athletes.
She added, “He can step right in to lead the program. We will re-evaluate the program at the end of the season.”
Bob Baird, Ryan Johnson, Johnny Aguirre, Bobby Tonsor, Jay Stemm and Robert Stephan will remain as assistant coaches. Angleton will direct the offense and Baird will serve as defensive coordinator.
“Marquette has a strong football tradition,” Angleton said. “As someone who played for Charlie Raich and Bill Smith at Roxana, I recognize how much a strong football tradition can mean to a school and the community.
“And having been on the Marquette staff now for a few years, I know how much this program means to our alumni and the Marquette family,” Angleton said. “I hope to make them proud.”
The Explorers have qualified for the IHSA playoffs eight of the last nine years and have appeared in the postseason 21 times. Marquette teams have won 456 games under 13 coaches since the Explorers started playing football in 1927.
Angleton is also a 1987 graduate of University of Missouri-Rolla and a 2002 graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College. He recently retired as a Lieutenant Colonel from the U.S. Army Reserves and owns the Alton-based Herlacher Angleton Associates LLC, an environmental engineering consulting firm.
Key returnees such as Trey Aguirre, Jesse Simmons, Brady McAfee, Brock Terry, Liam Maher and Sam Dooling figure to spur the Explorers.
“I have high expectations of the boys and expect them to have high expectations of themselves,” Angleton said. “It’s going to be a fun year.”