Mike Churchill knew the day was coming.
Late Tuesday night, it became official.
Churchill, who has guided the Laguna Beach High football program for the past two years, stepped down as its head coach. His replacement comes from the current varsity coaching staff: Corey Brown, who coached varsity quarterbacks and special teams personnel, and was head coach of the Laguna frosh/soph team, was appointed Tuesday as Churchill's successor.
Churchill, who took on the head coaching job after Jonathan Todd resigned at the end of the 2010 season, will remain as the school's athletic director.
"When Coach Todd left, we didn't really have anybody to fill the position, so I became tender of the team," Churchill said. "The whole idea was to get somebody in here to take over the position in the near future, and Corey Brown fits the part. He's been with our football program for three years and has been on campus for four years. The parents all like him and the kids love him. I'll do everything I can to help Corey out."