Calvert Hall's Lou Eckerl said he "handed in" his resignation as the Cardinals' football coach after five seasons and a 21-32 record.
Eckerl, who met with Brother Kevin Stanton, the school's principal, and informed him of his decision yesterday, said he had mixed emotions about the decision.
"After discussions with my family and the administration, I have chosen not to return as head football coach next year," said Eckerl, who is in his 17th year as athletic director and will continue in that role. "I wish the next coach much success as he will inherit a strong, competitive program."
Eckerl added, however, that it will allow him to spend more time with his daughter, All-Metro soccer player Jesse -- a Mercy senior being recruited by Loyola, Towson and Bucknell -- and his son, Matthew, who will be a Calvert Hall freshman next fall.
L Calvert Hall went 5-6 this year after going 8-2 last season.
Last year's Loyola-Calvert Hall game was the first-ever featuring the area's two highest-ranked teams -- the No. 1 Dons and the No. 2 Cardinals. Loyola won this year's 79th-annual meeting for the 10th straight time.
Eckerl said a search committee will immediately begin looking for a replacement. Send resumes to 8102 LaSalle Road, 21286.
Pub Date: 12/08/98