Rockford Lutheran announced Monday that Bruce Bazsali has resigned as head football coach of the Crusaders after seven seasons in the position.
Bazsali said in a statement released by the school, "It has been an awesome seven years. I thank you for your support and for all of the people that made my time there (including five previous years as principal at Rockford Lutheran Academy) a wonderful experience. God bless you all."
Bazsali oversaw a complete turnaround of the Crusaders football program - he won three games in his first two seasons combined, and then brought Lutheran to the postseason in each of his last five seasons as head coach, winning 50 games in all during that stretch. He coached Lutheran graduate James Robinson to the Illinois state rushing record. Robinson just completed his freshman season at Illinois State.
Lutheran athletic director Dirk Campbell said in the school's statement, "The effort, energy and passion that Bruce Bazsali gave to turn the Rockford Lutheran football program around is simply extraordinary. He has developed a culture in this program of hard work, commitment, loyalty and determination that translated into a run of great success on the field. I will always have a deep appreciation for his accomplishments as well as his friendship."
Lutheran's search for Bazsali's replacement is underway.