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Caldwell High football coach resigns, replacement to be named next week

Zach McGee joined the Caldwell High football program as an assistant in 2007. He took over as head coach in 2011 and recently announced his resignation after six seasons at the helm.
Zach McGee joined the Caldwell High football program as an assistant in 2007. He took over as head coach in 2011 and recently announced his resignation after six seasons at the helm. Statesman file

Zach McGee recently resigned as the Caldwell High football coach after six seasons and a 14-40 overall record. Caldwell Athletic Director Joshua Hegstad said McGee’s replacement will likely be named next week.

When McGee was promoted from assistant to head coach in 2011, the Cougars were coming off a winless season. Over the next six seasons, wins remained hard to come by, but McGee continued to grow player participation.

I am grateful to my Cougar Family: the players, coaches, administrators and staff who have supported our program through the years.

Zach McGee, Caldwell football coach

The Cougars went 2-7 overall and 1-6 in the 4A Southern Idaho Conference in 2016; they last had a winning season in 2005.

“I would always end each season worn out and then during the winter I would regenerate,” McGee said. “This past year I didn’t recover, and was fighting battles on all fronts. That was the signal that my time had come.”

McGee said he plans to spend more time with his wife and three children, and will pursue additional education. He will remain a teacher at Caldwell High.

“I believe this program has a solid foundation, and I know it will have success in the future,” McGee said. “The community of Caldwell is on the rise. I am proud of the life lessons we taught and the young men that this program shaped for our future.”

Two 2A Western Idaho Conference football teams recently announced new hires. Juan Colunga — a former head coach at Columbia and Rimrock — takes over at Melba. Kenny Mace was chosen as the next head coach at Marsing, which has endured three consecutive winless seasons.

Mace was most recently an offensive line coach at Douglas McKay High in Salem, Ore.

Rachel Roberts: 208-377-6422, @IDS_VarsityX

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