Saturday, May 05, 2001

Klonne won't return to Moeller

Football coach changes his mind about one more season

By Dave Schutte
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        After nine weeks of contemplating the future, Steve Klonne has decided not to return as Moeller's head football coach next season.

        “I've had some opportunities (assistant coach) at other schools and found out that there are a couple of business (teaching) openings,” Klonne said. “Chances are good that I'll be at another school next season. I felt emotionally for my family. I asked myself: Did I want to put them through another season at a school that didn't want me?”

        School officials recently asked Klonne to step down as Moeller's head coach after 19 seasons, a 169-48 career record and two state championships (1982, 1985).

        However, Klonne, whose team went 9-2 in 2000, was given the option to remain as head coach next season. He agreed to stay, but changed his mind this week.

        “I initially decided to stay because of my concern for the seniors and what chances (college grants-in-aid) they had in March,” Klonne said. “I probably could have stayed on as an assistant, but that wouldn't have worked.”

        If he had stayed, he probably would have stepped down as Moeller's winningest coach, bettering Gerry Faust record of 174-17-2.

        Purcell Marian and McNicholas have assistant football coaching vacancies with teaching positions available. Klonne, 55, hinted he would probably accept a position at one of those Greater Catholic League North Division schools.

        When asked about the highlight of his coaching career at Moeller, Klonne had trouble answering.

        “I've coached with a lot of good coaches, coached a lot of super players and coached against a lot of great coaches and players,” Klonne said. “There has been a lot of highlights. ... I have a bunch of memories that I will remember forever.”


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