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Loyola Rams Football Coach Steps Down After Back-To-Back Titles

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38 years, coaching five different sports, and winning multiple state championships.  Loyola's Dan Weber announced today he would be stepping down from coaching, in a story you'll see here first on ABC/FOX Montana, we talk with the iconic coach.

Dan Weber coached the Loyola football team to new highs, helping them become one of the premier teams in the Class B ranks, but during the season, with several long road trips, he and one of his close friends and assistant coaches had several heart-to-hearts.

"We had a lot of hours to visit with each other with where we were at, what our motivation was, and what we were hoping for the future of the program, and basically we didn't see ourselves in us (laughs) so when it gets to be time, I think you just know.  For everybody there is a good time to go, and a bad time to go, and for me, this is a good time," says Weber.

While the Loyola community was disappointed to hear Weber will no longer coach the team, there is still one silver lining.

"I'm glad he's not retiring completely. I'm glad he's going to stay on in the classroom (as a science teacher) and I'm sure we'll see him down at the field watching games.  After he retired from coaching softball, he still goes to softball games.  You go into his classroom, and you see photographs of students he taught and coached...it's a loss," says LSH principal Kathy Schneider.

And for Weber, he looks forward to being able to focus just on the academic side of school.

"The entirety of my career, I've always coached at least one sport, for the vast majority of my career it's been two or three sports, so for me to be able to actually sit at my desk in a relaxed manner and correct papers at the end of the school day, instead of having to hustle to the field or court, it will be a refreshing change.  And in all honesty, my wife said she's glad to have me back, so that's a part of it," laughs Weber.

But he does admit he'll certainly miss football, "The time with the kids, undoubtedly.  The day to day things with practice and in the locker rooms, where you get to have the interaction with the student athletes and your assistant coaches, there's a certain atmosphere in a football locker room that you basically just don't find any place else," says the iconic coach.

Two state titles, and a winning percentage over 80% are pretty impressive things on his resume, but they may not even be the most impressive part of 'Coach Web.'

"Think about 38 years, how many kids he's affected.  When you have an average of 40-50 kids in the program over that course of time, that's a lot of young men to have affected in a positive way," says Schneider

Weber, who just finished his 38th year coaching at Missoula Loyola Sacred Heart has decided to step down from his position as Varsity head football coach. 

Weber finished his 7th season as head coach by winning his second straight Class B State Title.

Throughout his career, at various times he served as the head coach for girls basketball, boys basketball, and softball as well.

As a head football coach from Fall 2007-2013, Weber won two state championships, and won 5 conference titles, taking 2nd in the other two seasons.  His teams made the playoffs every year, and Weber finishes as a head coach with an overall record of 62-10, with a winning percentage of 84%

Weber will remain at the school as a science teacher, and says he looks forward to being able to spend more time with his wife, and admits he was happy to be able to go out on top. 

 

** You can watch the full interview with Coach Weber above

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