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Vicory steps down as CR head football coach
By Jackie Christensen
May 19, 2014 - 6:59:46 PM

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College of the Redwoods announced on Monday that head football coach Chris Vicory has taken a new job as offensive line coach at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps University in Southern California and will not coach the Corsairs for a second season.
Vicory, a former Humboldt State Lumberjack and offensive coordinator at Mendocino, went 3-7 in his head coaching debut at CR after taking the job just 38 days before his first game.
Now he’ll go to work for the Stags, a private university made up of three separate colleges that share an athletic program.
“It’s a fairly exclusive, private university and a really nice situation for him to go into,” said CR Athletic Director Joe Hash. “It’s really an indication of not only what a quality coach he his, but what a quality person he is to be able to move his career on this quickly.”
CR has also announced that defensive coordinator Taylor Breitzman will serve as interim head coach as the school searches for a new one.
“We’ve already been contacted by a couple coaches and we’ll be reaching out to a few others, but we’re going to try to move this along as quickly as possible,” Hash said. “We don’t want to lose any of the momentum that coach Vicory and his staff have gained.”
Despite having just five weeks to prepare their season-opener, Vicory and the Corsairs had an impressive campaign in 2013.
Although they only left the field victorious in three of their 10 games, statistically, CR had one of its best offensive seasons in school history -- if not, the best.
CR quarterback Will Hissong, who accepted a scholarship to play at Mayville State in North Dakota this fall, broke 18 school records last year with an unprecedented single season where Redwoods averaged 456.1 yards per game.
He now owns six single-game records for passing yards (573), passing touchdowns (six), completions (39), offensive touchdowns (seven), points scored (42) and individual offense (614); seven single-season records for passing yards (3,429), passing touchdowns (34), completions (263), attempts (474), interceptions (25) individual offense (3,528) and points scored (216); as well as five career records, including passing yards (3,947), passing touchdowns (39), total touchdowns (44), points scored (264) and interceptions (28).
All that offense, however, didn’t translate into wins because the Corsairs allowed 558 yards per game on defense.
“(Vicory) had a late start and came into a pretty tough situation, but he was able to pick up the pieces very quickly and put them all together, including a coaching staff and a team in a very short amount of time, and put a competitive team out on the field,” Hash said. “We knew he was a young coach on his way up, but we just hoped to have him for a few more years.”

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