The 14-year tenure of John Carroll head football coach Regis Scafe ended suddenly late Thursday afternoon. Citing a desire to move in a different direction, JCU released Scafe following a 6-4 season.
Scafe, who said he was informed of the decision on Monday, announced the surprising news to his players on Thursday afternoon.
“We are grateful for Regis Scafe’s many contributions to the football program and we wish him well,” Senior Director of Athletics Laurie Massa said in a release on jcusports.com. “This was a difficult decision, but we believe it is in the best interest of our Blue Streaks football program.”
In his 14 years as head coach for the Blue Streaks, Scafe amassed an 88-56 record, accruing the second-most wins in school history. He led JCU to nine winning seasons and an NCAA Division III semifinal appearance in 2002, a year in which he was named Ohio Athletic Conference Co-Coach of the Year. Scafe also helped 20 players earn All-American accolades and 75 players secure All-Ohio Athletic Conference honors. In 2012, Scafe coached one of his most promising teams in years, but injuries to the offensive line and the linebacking core caught up with the Blue Streaks towards the end of the season in losses against No. 12 Heidelberg and No.1 Mount Union.
“They [JCU] want to win more and they felt that we’re just kind of stuck at a certain place,” Scafe said. “They want to re-energize the program and go in a different direction.”
Scafe’s coaching career began St. Peter Chanel High School in Bedford, Ohio, where he started as an assistant coach. In 1982, he promoted to head coach, a position he held for nine years. Scafe also served as an assistant coach at John Carroll for seven years under Tony DeCarlo and as head coach at Case Western Reserve University for five years. In his 19 years as a college head coach, Scafe accumulated a record of 104-90.
“He brought great passion and energy every day,” backup junior quarterback Jarrod Kilburn said. “He cared about developing us as students and people. I’ll be really sad to see him go.”
Massa also stated in the jcusports.com release that the search for a new coach is underway and that JCU hopes to name Scafe’s replacement by Dec. 1.