Central Connecticut announced Monday morning that football coach Jeff McInerney has resigned after eight seasons. A national search will begin immediately to find a replacement.
McInerney, a South Windsor native and longtime assistant at numerous schools across the nation, led the Blue Devils to Northeast Conference titles in 2009 and 2010 but have had losing seasons each of the last three years.
Central was 4-8 this season, 2-4 in the NEC.
McInerney's record at Central was 48-41. His 48 wins are second on the program's all-time list.
McInerney put out a statement through the CCSU athletic department ...
"After eight seasons as head coach of the Blue Devils, I believe this is a good time to move onward in my career. So I want to announce today that I will be leaving CCSU at the end of December. I am sad to be leaving a place I have come to love and people I deeply admire. I thank President Jack Miller for the opportunity to coach so many outstanding student-athletes here. Whether we have won championships or not, these young men have always impressed me with their desire to excel, and they will all hold a special place in my heart. I want to thank, too, the Blue Devil Athletics office for its support in our shared mission of educating and preparing our student-athletes. And, lastly, I want to thank the assistant coaches, trainers, and others who have worked with me in enabling our young men to realize their dreams of playing collegiate Division I football. Fire up."