BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Bakersfield College announced Tuesday night that head football coach Jeff Chudy was retiring.
Chudy, who has been coaching at Bakersfield college for 16 years leaves with 112 victories, the second-most in BC's history. His time as head coach was the second longest in school history, second to Gerry Collis who coached for 17 years. Chudy has an overall winning percentage of .626.
In a statement released by the school, Chudy said, "I have been involved in this great game of football since I was 7 years old. When I became part of the Bakersfield College Football program 28 years ago, I was too young and naive to understand the impact this community would have on me and my family. I am so thankful to Bakersfield College for giving me the unbelievable opportunity to be a part of BC football. I am also indebted to the players coaches, and their families that have inspired me over the years. My time at Bakersfield College has been nothing short of spectacular - Renegade Football is special -- this program is truly a community partnership. I am forever grateful for the lifelong relationships that I've made. The experiences we've had and the memories we've made are priceless. As great as this ride has been, God has blessed me with a loving and supportive family who have paid a price. It is time for me to step off the grid to devote more time to their world."
Bakersfield College President Sonya Christian said the college will start looking for a new head coach immediately.
"You can't just replace Jeff's talent, deep knowledge, competitive spirit, and history with the program." Christian said. "I know I speak for everyone in the BC football community when I express gratitude for all that Jeff has brought to the game and to this college."
Chudy compiled a total overall record of 112-67 including a State Championship in 2012 that was held at Memorial Stadium in front of over 16,000 fans.