Jim Hintze weighs in on stepping down at Monroe-Woodbury

Former Monroe-Woodbury football coach Jim Hintze, who stepped down from coaching duties, doesn’t know what the Crusaders’ future holds. But he believes the ideal coaching candidate would work inside Monroe-Woodbury High.

“I think it would be almost impossible to be a head coach in Monroe without being a hands-on person, being in the district, being in the school to deal with all the daily issues that may occur in season and offseason,” Hintze said.

Hintze and assistant coach Pat D’Aliso resigned after a very successful run with the Crusaders. Hintze only head coached one season, but he worked with D’Aliso at Monroe-Woodbury since 1987. D’Aliso served as offensive coordinator since stepping down as head coach in 2011. The coaching staff led Monroe-Woodbury to the Class AA state championship game every year from 2005-8, winning in 2005.

But Hintze knew he’d likely only head coach for one season, but he said he’d consider coaching again in one or two years. D’Aliso planned to coach only one more year as well before a possibly return, Hintze said.

“My plan was to retire from coaching after one year, but I left the door open in case I decided, ‘You know what? I think I’ll do it for another year or two,’” Hintze said. “But nothing occurred during the season that made me want to stay for another year, at least not right now. ”

Defensive coordinator Matt McCullagh fits Hintze’s description as a football mind who works in the district. McCullagh will return next season, Hintze confirmed, calling McCullagh a “very good young coach.”

Hintze finished 8-1 as a head coach, only losing to Newburgh in the sectional finals. He and D’Aliso returned last year, retaining the program’s stability after former head coach Bernie Connolly retired. Hintze wanted to coach his son, senior defensive end Dylan Hintze. Hintze’s decision to step back relates to family reasons, as well.

“It took a toll on our families,”  We moved in the middle of August, right in the middle of football camp. Our daughter was moving off to college. She lived in our new house for one night before she went to college. So my decision — it was time for me to take a step back from coaching.”

— jbakan@th-record.com
Twitter: @JoshBakan845

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