Annen resigns as Carmel's coach
Carmel Catholic High School announced Tuesday the resignation of varsity football head coach Blake Annen, effective November 1.
Annen, who also serves as assistant director of admissions, cited personal reasons that led to this difficult decision and will move back to his home state of Ohio to be closer with his family.
Annen played tight end for the University of Cincinnati before playing professionally for five NFL teams, including the Chicago Bears. This was his second season as head varsity football coach at Carmel. His coaching staff includes former Chicago Bears Johnny Knox and Jason McKie.
"I am thankful for the opportunity given to me by Carmel," Annen said. "It was important for both my wife and I to be back in Ohio and to be focusing on our family. I'm grateful for the support I have received over these last two years from my players, their parents, and from the entire Carmel Catholic community."
"I am very sad to see Blake leave Carmel but completely understand his need to go back home," Carmel athletic director Mark Pos said. "He was laying the foundation to help Carmel football get back to a level the community expects. It has been a pleasure to work with Blake and I truly hope his next chapter in life goes as he and his family plan."
Carmel went 4-5 in Annen's first season, winning three of its last five games. The Corsairs are 1-5 this season and take a three-game losing streak into Friday night's game against Joliet Catholic Academy at Joliet Memorial Stadium. The Corsairs' loss to host Marian Central last Friday night eliminated them from playoff contention.
Carmel will miss the playoffs for the third year in a row and sixth time in the last eight years.