ROCKINGHAM — The Richmond Senior High School athletic department will soon begin its search for the 11th head football coach in school history.
Mike Castellano officially resigned from Richmond’s head coaching position Monday morning.
“I really enjoyed my time here in Richmond County,” Castellano said over the phone. “I worked with some great people, coaches and teachers in a great community.”
In his two seasons at Richmond, Castellano compiled a 20-7 record and led the Raiders to at least the second round of the 4AA NCHSAA State Playoffs in both years — making it to the third round in his inaugural season.
This past season, the football team began the year with three straight wins before losing a 42-41 heartbreaker to Butler on the road. Richmond, who finished the year 9-4 overall and placed second in the SEC, averaged 37.4 points per game.
Castellano says his proudest moment during his two-season tenure was the senior picnic that was held this past June to celebrate the class of 2015. At the end of the day, seniors received gift baskets which included supplies that would help them prepare for college.
“I had the opportunity to work with some great kids,” Castellano added.
Castellano was hired on May 20, 2015 after spending three seasons at Middle Creek (Apex), where he went 32-8. Before taking the job at Middle Creek, Castellano spent almost a decade at Coastal Carolina University as an assistant coach. He was also an assistant coach on the high school level at North Wilkes (Hays) and Millbrook (Raleigh).
“Mike Castellano resigned his position as head football coach today. We appreciate all the work he has done for our program and wish him luck in his future endeavors,” Superintendent Cindy Goodman said in a statement released Monday afternoon. “We will begin our search for a new coach immediately in order to ensure a seamless transition.”
TIMELINE OF THE CASTELLANO ERA:
Mar. 27, 2015: Former head coach Paul Hoggard resigns
May 20, 2015: Castellano officially hired at emergency meeting
Aug. 21, 2015: Castellano coaches and wins first game
Sept. 12, 2015: Castellano arrested on DWI charge in Cary
Sept. 18, 2015: Castellano misses win over South View due to one-game suspension
Sept. 21, 2015: Castellano returns to practice
Nov. 27, 2015: Season ends in third-round playoff loss to Page
Aug, 19, 2016: Castellano begins second season with victory at Rocky River
Nov. 18, 2016: Wins 20th game at Richmond
Nov. 25, 2016: Team eliminated in second round of playoffs
Dec. 19, 2016: Castellano sends in letter of resignation
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Richmond Senior coach Mike Castellano talks to linebacker Savion Streeter during the second-round game at Garner on Friday, Nov. 25. Castellano, who compiled a 20-7 record in his two seasons, resigned from the football team’s head coaching position Monday morning.