December 18, 2015
ruce Lussier is retiring after 11 seasons as Father Ryan High School’s head football coach, according to Jim McIntyre, school president.
|Bruce Lussier has announced his retirement as head coach of the Father Ryan High School football team after 11 seasons. He led the Irish to the Division II-AA semifinals in 2007 and 2009. Tennessee Register file photo by Rick Musacchio
Lussier said that the decision to step down felt right. “This is a wonderful school and an exceptional environment, and I am going to miss working with these students and watching them grow,” he said. “And I’ll miss greatly the opportunity to teach alongside my fellow coaches and faculty members. But I think the time is right for a new leader to take the reins of this historic football program and lead it to a new level of success.”
“Every day since his arrival on this campus in 2005, Bruce has brought a confidence, a commitment and a deep knowledge of the game to this program,” McIntyre said. “He has helped to develop young men, both on and off the field, providing them an example of character that has always complemented this school and our teaching mission. We are grateful for his leadership over the past decade and wish him only the best.”
Lussier will continue as chairman of the Health and Wellness Department at the school and will maintain his teaching schedule through the end of the school year, McIntyre said.
The school is forming a search committee immediately, led by Athletic Director Pat Lawson, to find the next head coach. Mark Williams, assistant head football coach and offensive coordinator, will serve as interim head coach during the process.
Lussier arrived at Father Ryan in 2005 and took the Irish to the state semifinals in the rugged Division II-AA in 2007 and 2009.
His coaching career began in East Tennessee. He took over as head coach of Halls High School in Knoxville in 1979. He then moved to Oak Ridge High School as a coordinator and later assistant head coach. He was named the head coach at Oak Ridge in 1999 and reached the state semifinals in Class 5A twice.
His career head coaching record stands at 130-88.