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Football

Ragan out after 1 year as Wheaton Academy football coach

Former Wheaton Academy coach T.J. Ragan walks off the field during a practice this past August. Ragan will not be retained as coach.
Former Wheaton Academy coach T.J. Ragan walks off the field during a practice this past August. Ragan will not be retained as coach.

Wheaton Academy football coach T.J. Ragan confirmed Wednesday he will not be retained by the school after only one season on the job.

Ragan declined to shed light on the reason for the school’s decision.

“I feel like I’ve tried to do the right thing for these nine months, and I’m going to continue to do that. It’s not my place to air anything out,” Ragan said.

A letter sent to Wheaton Academy football parents that athletic director Andrew Tink shared with the Chronicle read, in part, " Wheaton Academy has committed to expanding the scope and influence of the athletic performance program, by integrating the goals of this program into the Physical Education curriculum to help our students and athletes. However, in recent conversations regarding plans for our comprehensive health and fitness program both during and after school, it became clear that we did not have alignment in the future direction of our program. Due to these differences, it was decided that Coach Ragan’s expertise and goals were not a great fit for the future of the program and that it would be best if we part ways and go in different directions."

Ragan said his contract with the school ends July 31, and he intends to continue mentoring the program’s players until then while actively seeking a new position. The Warriors went 4-5 in Ragan’s lone season, including a 4-3 mark that landed the team in a three-way tie for the top of the Suburban Christian Conference Gold Division. The Warriors won four of their final five games.

“I loved being a football coach,” Ragan said. “It was a lot of fun. I felt very comfortable with it. It was something I want to continue doing but also with my background coming as a strength and conditioning coach at the higher levels, I’m going to look at everything.”

Ragan was hired by Wheaton Academy last March from Valor Christian (Colo.), where he was associate athletic director.

He has worked in the strength and conditioning realm with Oregon State University and the Denver Broncos.

At Wheaton Academy, Ragan replaced Ben Wilson, who remained on the Warriors’ staff as an assistant after resigning the head coaching post in the aftermath of brain surgery that followed the 2011 season.

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