WHS football Coach Zach Schneider resigns

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According to a press release by the School District of Washington, Mo., Blue Jay’s varsity head football Coach Zach Schneider is leaving the school. He has accepted a position as offensive coordinator for Battle Ground Academy, an independent college-preparatory school in Franklin, Tenn.

Schneider, a 1996 graduate of WHS, will finish the school year at Washington, where he teaches History and U.S. Government, before leaving for Tennessee. Schneider spent 10 years with the Blue Jays, and the past seven as the head football coach. According to the release, it was a difficult decision for Schneider to leave the place he has called home for so many years.

“This decision, by far, has been the hardest thing for me,” Schneider said. “Leaving Washington is killing me, but this is an opportunity I probably will never get again. I hate to leave here, but I’m excited about what the future holds.”

The sentiment was echoed in the release by Washington Activities Director Bill Deckelman, who must now hire a replacement to lead the program following Schneider’s departure.

“The big thing about Zach is that he’s a Blue Jay at heart. He went to school here. He and his wife grew up in the community. He always wanted what was best for the school, the football program and his players,” said Deckelman. “He worked really hard to get the football program back to where it was this past season.”

Schneider led the Blue Jays to a 6-4 record in 2015, but for his former players, the legacy left by Schneider is about far more than wins and losses.

“If you measure Coach Schneider’s success by wins, he did alright,” said Calvin Blaylock, a 2014 graduate of WHS who played under Schneider. “If you measure his success by how he instilled discipline, perseverance, and teamwork into young men, then he left a remarkable legacy at WHS.”


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