Longtime local coach Virgil Henderson announced on social media Tuesday that he informed Cholla’s administration that he is resigning as the Chargers’ football coach after leading the program for six years.
Virgil was 17-34 in his Cholla tenure and is 17-44 overall in seven years as a head coach (he went 0-10 at Rincon/University in 2013 on an interim basis).
“Today I informed my AD that I will be resigning from head football coach at Cholla,” Henderson posted on social media. “Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to turn the program around like I wanted and it’s best that the school find someone that can. I’m blessed for the opportunity and I can’t wait for the next chapter. I like to thank my family for there support and love.”
The Chargers’ last winning season was in 2015 when they finished 6-4 under Henderson.
That team included linebacker Cristian Villaescusa, who became an assistant under Henderson. Villaescusa went on to play for Pima College before the school disbanded the football program. He is a potential candidate to take over.
Over the last 25 years, Henderson has served on the coaching staffs of some of Southern Arizona’s greats — Dennis Bene at Salpointe, Matt Johnson at Ironwood Ridge and Mountain View, Gary Minor at Ironwood Ridge and Richard Sanchez at Sunnyside.
He is one of the best players Catalina High School has produced as a star running back/defensive back (Class of 1987).
Cholla now has one of seven coaching openings in Southern Arizona, joining Pueblo, Rincon/University, Rio Rico, Sahuarita, Bisbee and Benson.
Salpointe filled its vacancy with defensive coordinator Pat Ryden last month after Eric Rogers resigned after lead the Lancers for four years.
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