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Breaking: Chris Sulages steps down as head football coach

Resigns following a winless season, successor yet to be named

By Maddie Lee /// Sports Editor

After nine years as head football coach at Lewis & Clark, Chris Sulages stepped down from his position this week. Athletic Director Shana Levine announced Sulages’s resignation Wednesday, Nov. 12.

“I want to thank Chris for his years of dedication to our students, the Lewis & Clark football program, the athletics department and our community,” Levine said. “Our student-athletes have benefited from his leadership, and we wish him well in his future endeavors.”

After starting off with two winless seasons in 2006 and 2007, Sulages lead the Pioneers in steady improvement over the next four years. LC football went 7-2 in 2011, and placed second in conference, just short of Linfield College. Former LC player and current linebacker coach Joey Kopp (’13) said that as a player, he could tell Sulages was experiencing the excitement of the 2011 season right along with the team. Kopp described him as a “proud dad,” supporting his sons through their breakout performance.

 “He was an ultimate mentor,” Kopp said.

Upon his exit, Sulages thanked the College, the alumni and parents.

“Most importantly,” he said. “I would like to thank the football student-athletes that I have had the pleasure to coach, and my assistants for their hard work and dedication to the team, program and myself.”

Sulages had a 19-52 career record as LC head coach.  He finished this past season 0-9.

Following Sulages’s resignation, the athletic department immediately launched a nation-wide search for his replacement.

Maddie Lee is a Sports Editor at the Pioneer Log.  She plays softball at Lewis & Clark and enjoys covering the accomplishments of her fellow student-athletes.  Her articles on 2014 Summer Hoops can be found on the Seattle Storm website.

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