Jonathan Todd tried to keep it a secret, but word got out.
Wanting to hold his big announcement until the Laguna Beach football program held its team banquet Tuesday, many in attendance had already heard the news that the former Laguna Beach All-CIF football player, who headed the program for the past four years, was stepping down from his post.
"I wanted to keep it under wraps until the banquet, but it leaked out," Todd said.
For Todd, his decision to step away from coaching had everything to do with the kids, both on his team and in his family, he said.
His family — wife, Grace, and three children, two boys and a girl ages 9, 7 and 4 — won out.
"It was a very tough decision but at the same time, an easy one to make," said the 1987 Laguna Beach High grad, who was an all-league and All-CIF linebacker at the school as a junior, and all-league, All-CIF and running back as a senior. "Football was taking up so much of my time, six days a week. I wanted to put the focus back on my own family.