Posted Online: Jan. 07, 2013, 8:27 pm
Kewanee's Waca steps down after four years, one playoff run
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By Terry Duckett, firstname.lastname@example.org
When Chris Waca took over the Kewanee High School football program prior to the 2009 season, one of his stated goals was to return the Boilermakers to the postseason.
In his third year, Waca did just that, as Kewanee returned to the Class 3A playoffs in 2011 for the first time since reaching the 3A quarterfinals in 1999. Led by senior running back Dontae Pryor, the Boilermakers went 5-5, falling 35-8 to eventual state champion Aurora Christian in the first round.
However, after Kewanee slipped to 1-8 this past fall, Waca ultimately decided it was time for a new direction as he stepped down after compiling a 10-27 record in his four seasons at the helm. Previously, he had spent the 2008 season as an assistant to his predecessor, Josh Cavanaugh. Waca will continue to teach at the high school.
After going 0-9 in his first season, Waca guided the Boilers to a 4-5 finish in '10 before ending the program's playoff drought. During his tenure, Kewanee also changed leagues from the NCIC to the Three Rivers Conference.
-- By Terry Duckett
-- By Terry Duckett, email@example.com