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  • File Bishop Dwenger football coach Chris Svarczkopf hugs Nick Fiacable in the closing minutes of the Saints' 27-3 victory over East Central 27-3 after the 2015 Class 4A state championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Svarczkopf announced his retirement after 15 seasons with the Saints on Monday.

Monday, November 27, 2017 6:30 pm

Bishop Dwenger football coach announces retirement

AUBREE REICHEL | The Journal Gazette

Bishop Dwenger football coach Chris Svarczkopf announced his retirement from coaching Monday, according to media reports.

Svarczkopf, 62, finishes his career 149-49 in 15 years leading the Saints' program after taking over for Andy Johns in 2002.

Svarczkopf's first two years as coach (2002 and 2003) yielded back-to-back sectional and regional championships with a semistate championship in 2002. The Saints fell to Roncalli in the state finals that year.

Svarczkopf won 11 sectionals, 10 regionals and five semistate championships, including the 2015 season when the program won a state title over East Central in 2015, but Svarczkopf had temporarily stepped away from leading the program to undergo cancer treatments. He remained on the staff for that year.

He also advanced to the state finals with losses to Indianapolis Cathedral in 2008 and 2010 and Columbus East in 2013.