BLOOMINGTON — Saying he has “retired,” Bobby Moews has stepped down as head football coach at CentralCatholicHigh School.
“I retired as of yesterday (Tuesday) for personal reasons,” Moews said.
Moews missed Friday’s 22-21 win over Prairie Central at Fairbury. He was serving a one-game suspension from the school administration for language he used Sept. 6 in a 54-12 loss to rival University High.
Moews returned to the team on Monday and led practice, but decided to step down Tuesday during a meeting at the school.
His brother, Mike Moews, the Saints’ longtime defensive coordinator, served as interim head coach last week and will remain in that capacity the rest of the season.
The Saints (1-2) have a 7 p.m. home game Friday against Eureka at Bill Hundman Memorial Field.
“I know my brother Mike and the coaching staff will do a great job coaching them, and the kids will rally around them,” Bobby Moews said. “We have great kids and a great coaching staff. They will do a good job without me.
“I wish them well. I’ve enjoyed every day of coaching at Central Catholic.”
Central Catholic principal Joy Allen declined to discuss the specifics of Moews’ departure, saying, “It’s just a personal decision he’s made.”
“I want to thank Bobby and recognize all he’s done in his 22 years with his commitment to the school,” Allen said. “He’s given so much to our program.
“Most importantly, he’s positively impacted the lives of the many students he has coached and guided. He will always be part of Central Catholic history and he will always be my friend.”
A Central Catholic graduate and former Saints’ quarterback, Moews was in his 22nd season as head coach. He guided Central to a 155-73 record, highlighted by state championships in 1994 (Class 3A) and 2008 (4A) and a runner-up finish in 2007 (4A).
Moews is the Superintendent of Parks for the City of Bloomington.
Mike Moews said his brother’s departure “probably is harder on the coaches because we’ve known him longer than they (the players) have.”
“It’s been rough for all of us, but we preach personal responsibility and now it’s time to do it,” Mike Moews said. “Adversity builds character and we’ll see how the kids respond.
“I’ve told the kids that regardless who’s leading the team, we’re still Central Catholic football and excellence is expected. It didn’t even start with Bobby. It started way back when.”
Mike Moews said he will lean on the Saints’ veteran coaching staff as he tries to guide Central to the playoffs for a 10th straight year.
“We can’t determine public opinion and what they think of this,” he said. “Bobby was thinking of the school when he made the decision.
“It’s torn him apart. It’s 22 years of your life and when it’s over in those circumstances, it’s tough. It’s a different world.”