Mathews steps down as Christ Presbyterian Academy football coach

Sunday, December 12, 2010 at 2:38pm

Christ Presbyterian Academy football coach Jay Mathews has been asked to step down after seven seasons with the Lions.

Mathews compiled a 47-33 record, with four playoff appearances, with his best showing being a 10-3 state quarterfinal appearance in 2006.

After missing the playoffs in 2008 and 2009, CPA reached the TSSAA Class 3A playoffs this year. It lost in the first round to eventual finalist Goodpasture and ended 5-6 with a three-game losing streak.

Mathews helped develop quarterbacks Luke Roman (2008 and 2009) and Nolan Genovese into 2,000-yard passers.

“We deeply appreciate the seven years of service Coach Mathews and his family have brought to CPA, and we ask that all of you pray for Coach Mathews as he pursues the next chapter of his professional career,” athletic director Mike Ellson said in a statement announcing the move.

Ellson said that a search for a new coach has begun and that he hoped the school would have a replacement named soon. He did speculate on whom the new coach might be or whom the school would interview.