BETHALTO — Justin Winslow has resigned as the Civic Memorial High head football coach.
Eagles’ director of athletics Steve Carey confirmed that Winslow, 33, the CM head coach for the last five seasons, resigned this week. The Bethalto School Board can act upon Winslow’s resignation Monday during their next meeting.
"I think both of us were ready to move on. It was time," Winslow said of the situation. "It's one of those things. There's no hard feelings."
His five-year record was 20-26, including a 7-3 record this season. The Eagles were 3-6 in 2011, 4-5 in 2012, 3-6 in 2013 and 3-6 in 2014.
This past season, CM qualified for the playoffs for the first time since 2010. The Eagles registered their most victories since going 9-3 in 2005.
Breese Mater Dei defeated CM, 34-14, in the Eagles’ opening-round playoff game, the first time they welcomed a postseason contest at Hauser Field in 10 years.
"We had a good year," Winslow said. "I thought we were going in the right direction and I'm leaving the program in a good spot. The program is definitely better than when I started it. I think I accomplished that. There are some good kids playing in the program, so it will be successful."
A potent offense powered the Eagles throughout the 2015 season, which featured a 5-0 start and eventual third-place finish in the Mississippi Valley Conference. CM averaged 36.5 points per game and scored more than 40 points six times, including their first five games.
Senior running back John Whitworth led the way in rushing for a school-record 1,466 yards and tallying 19 touchdowns. He was named the Alton Knights of Columbus’ Offensive Back of the Year.
Quarterback Adam Hill, also a senior, proved vital in CM’s success. He completed 134 of 229 passes for 1,906 yards and 20 touchdowns.
In addition, junior defensive back Rikki Lafferty and CM’s offensive line of senior Jordan Stagner, plus juniors Cody Reynolds, Brandon Deckard, Andrew Deckard and Curtis Deckard, were instrumental in the Eagles’ winning season. Lafferty was named the Knights of Columbus’ Defensive Back of the Year, while Stagner, Reynolds and the Deckard triples were chosen as the Offensive Line of the Year.
If the Bethalto School Board accepts Winslow’s resignation Monday, the Eagles can begin their search for a new coach.
Former Staunton High head coach Mike Parmentier, a two-year CM assistant and interim head coach for the opening game in 2015, could be among the strong possibilities to replace Winslow. Parmentier coached at Staunton from 2005 through 2013 and guided the Bulldogs to a 53-41 record. They were 9-5 and Class 2A IHSA runner-up in 2013.
Winslow, a 2001 Staunton High graduate, intends to remain in coaching. He was an assistant with the Bulldogs, at Jacksonville High and then for CM prior to becoming the Eagles' head coach.
"My goal is to coach in college football and I would be excited to go on to the next level," Winslow said of future plans, possibly as an offensive coordinator. "What I want to do is be involved with a college team's offense."
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