After leading the Westminster Christian Academy football team for eight years, JD Perona is stepping down as head football coach. The school is currently located in Creve Coeur but is moving to its new Town and Country campus this summer, where students will begin the 2011-2012 school year.
In a press release, school officials said, "Under Perona's leadership the program has grown and won district championships in 2006 and 2009. Perona has been a strong coach and mentor and has always placed a high priority on spiritually leading the boys that God has entrusted to us."
Perona shared with the football team that he “is moving on to the next stage of his life," Westminster spokesperson Michelle Burke tells Town and Country-Manchester Patch. Burke said Perona will continue working as the middle school's athletic director and coach.
In a letter sent out by Westminster to parents and staff, school officials said, "JD’s decision reflects his own sense of God’s direction in his life and the needs of the football program in the future."
School officials also said Perona will continue helping plan and coordinate summer activities until a new head football coach is appointed and is ready to assume those responsibilities.
Burke said Upper School registrar and physics teacher Cory Snyder will serve as the new head coach. Snyder played football at Washington University for four years and holds several college football records, according to Westminster officials. Snyder was named 1st team all-conference as wide receiver and kick returner in 1999 and 2000, school staff said in a press release. Snyder has taught physics at Westminster since August 2001 and has served as assistant varsity football coach and defensive coordinator at the school.
Landon Burke, one of the football team captains said, “I believe Coach Snyder is the best man to fill the position. I know there will be changes with a new head coach, and the team will support the coach Snyder 110 percent in all he does.”
This news comes after Westminster announced Todd Zell as its new athletic director for the 2011-12 school year. Zell is replacing Alan Miller, who has decided to step down at the end of this school year.
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