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1976 Riverview graduate Jeff Stergalas served as the school's head football coach from 2009-13 and posted a 25-22 record.


FOOTBALL: Riverview's Stergalas retires as head coach (PHOTO)

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For the last five years, the Riverview football team has been headed up by one of the area’s most respected coaches.

On Wednesday evening, however, Jeff Stergalas confirmed to the News-Herald that he has retired from his position as head coach of the Pirates.

Also the school’s athletic director since 2010, he said he still plans to remain in that job.

From 2009-13, the 1976 Riverview graduate posted a 25-22 record at his alma mater and reached the postseason twice. In 2013, which marked his 37th season as a football coach, the team went 7-3 and made it to the state playoffs with one of the area’s most prolific rushing attacks.

Prior to Stergalas’ arrival in Riverview, the Bucs had suffered four consecutive losing seasons and had managed only a 12-24 record during that stretch.

From the outset, Stergalas said his intent was never to serve long term as the Riverview head coach, but to first get things turned around on the gridiron before settling in as just the athletic director.

“The whole plan was to go back and try to get the program moving in the right direction and then hand it off to the next guy and stay on as athletic director,” he said.

As of Wednesday night, Stergalas said a new coach had not been named.

Most notable in Stergalas’ coaching career is his successful tenure at Dearborn Fordson, where he went 113-52 and won the Class AA state title in 1993.

Before coming home in 2009, his last stop was as an assistant football coach and athletic director at Dearborn High.

While a student at Riverview, Stergalas played for the legendary Don Lessner and later began his coaching career as an assistant under him.

Last Updated: 2/13/2014 10:42:23 PM EST