After spending the last four seasons coaching in Missouri, Neal Cruce is coming back to the Volunteer state to lead the Loretto football program.
Cruce replaces Lee Boyd who resigned after a winless 0-10 season as the Mustangs have lost 19 consecutive games.
Despite an overall record of just 23-43, Boyd led the Mustangs to four consecutive Class 2A playoff appearances (2011-14) which includes an Quarterfinal round appearance in 2012 when Loretto finished the year 8-4.
Cruce had four successful seasons at Hayti (MO) high school where he complied a 30-16 record and four playoff appearances.
Hayti (MO) is coming off a 10-2 record as Cruce was named the region coach of the year.
Before going to Hayti, Cruce coached eight seasons in Tennessee as he coached at both Obion County and Lake County as an assistant coach.
“At each of his previous coaching positions, Coach Cruce exhibited leadership and demonstrated an ability to motivate his players. Coach Cruce also excels in the classroom and is known to be an interactive teacher who works diligently at connecting with his students. He has a sincere passion to help his players and students become better young adults and representatives of the community,” Loretto principal Jennifer Littleton said.
There are currently 11 programs looking for a head coach they are: Northpoint Christian, Ravenwood, Hillsboro, Middle College, Morristown West, Whitwell, Clarksville Northeast, Rossview, Creek wood, Grace Christian Academy and Brainerd.
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