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Chris Hare has resigned after seven years as Maine West High School's head football coach, athletic director Jarett Kirshner announced Friday.
Hare will continue to teach Physical Education at Maine West.
Kirshner lauded Hare's dedication, saying, "Chris has put his heart and soul into this program, sacrificing thousands of hours for the team. He is to be commended for his work ethic."
Among the highlights of Hare's tenure as varsity coach, Kirshner cited Hare's emphasis on community service by his athletes. The football program has raised thousands of dollars for various charities, including the Wounded Warrior Project serving wounded veterans and Operation North Pole, which brings Christmas joy to children suffering from life-threatening illnesses.
Kirshner also cited Hare's development of the Jr. Warrior football feeder program and improvement in academic performance by football players due to Hare's emphasis on players' classroom work.
Kirshner said: "Chris' teams emphasized character and the development of good citizens."
"Our program competed this year, and our kids never gave up all the way to the end," Kirshner said. "This is a huge accomplishment. We finished strong with a great win against Maine East. As much as we would have liked to have seen more victories, coach Hare always stressed the importance of character. He taught the athletes valuable life lessons."
The Warriors were 2-7 this season and 10-53 in Hare's tenure.