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Todd steps down from post

After four years as head football coach, he says he's stepping down to spend more time with his family. Athletic Director Mike Churchill will take over coaching duties.

December 16, 2010|By Mike Sciacca, michael.sciacca@latimes.com
  • Jonathan Todd, right, posted a 15-28 record during his four years as Laguna Beach head football coach.
Jonathan Todd, right, posted a 15-28 record during his… (KENT TREPTOW, Coastline…)

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.

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"I have three kids, two boys who play soccer and one of them also plays football. I was missing a lot of their games because of my schedule. The bottom line was that the amount of work I was putting in on the weekends was too much work."

Todd, 41, admitted that he began to flirt with the idea of stepping down as coach during the course of the 2010 season. Laguna Beach Athletic Director Mike Churchill said he knew of Todd's possible decision.

Churchill, 65, said that Todd "formally tended" his resignation a few weeks ago, and on Tuesday said the Laguna Beach Board of Education completed the formality by accepting his resignation at the school board meeting.

What's more, the now-vacant head coaching position at Laguna didn't stay vacant for long: also Tuesday, the school board accepted Churchill as the new head football coach, Churchill said Wednesday.

"When I went in to talk a while back to Mike (Churchill) about this, he mentioned that he might want to get back into coaching," Todd said. "That made my decision that much easier. In fact, it sealed it. It was a no-brainer."

Laguna Beach Principal Don Austin also verified the transition Wednesday.

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