Gene Chizik announced on Thursday that he has resigned from his position as defensive coordinator for the North Carolina Tar Heels. Chizik made his announcement with a heartfelt statement.
“After many emotional family discussions and a lot of prayerful consideration, I have made the personal decision to step away from football to focus on my family,” Chizik said.c”Personally, it has been extremely difficult for my family and me. We have been apart for the past two years for the first time in my 30-year coaching career.
“I have been a long-distance husband to my devoted wife, Jonna. I missed my twin daughters’ entire senior year of high school, along with sending them off to college. My son, Cally, is a high school football and baseball player. I have only seen two of Cally’s baseball games and two of his football games in two years.
“As every parent can imagine, being a long-distance dad to my children has been extremely difficult on everyone.”
The full statement can be read below:
Here is Gene Chizik's full statement regarding his decision to step down today: pic.twitter.com/oOfKSKKjbv
— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) February 9, 2017
Chizik, who led the Auburn Tigers to a national championship during his time as head coach, spent the last two seasons on the North Carolina coaching staff.
Now, he will be able to enjoy time with his family.
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