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Saunders steps down as Radford head football coach after 14 years

He led the Bobcats to the Division 2 final in 2009, and said he feels its time for someone else to take the reins at Radford High.
Former Radford High School football coach Matthew Saunders
Former Radford High School football coach Matthew Saunders(WDBJ)
Published: Apr. 15, 2021 at 11:01 PM EDT
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RADFORD, Va. (WDBJ) - After 14 years at the helm of Radford High School’s football program, head coach Matthew Saunders has decided to step away.

Saunders finishes with a 96-65 record at his alma mater after taking over for the great Norm Lineburg in 2007.

He led the Bobcats to the Division 2 final in 2009, and said he feels its time for someone else to take the reins at Radford High.

“I felt like I was consistent, and that’s one thing that I felt like I treated everybody the same no matter what kind of player you were,” said Saunders. “We built a lot of character. I think we instilled that. We did some character development things in my last three or four years, and I’m just proud of those things.

Saunders said he has thought about stepping away for the last three years, but he wanted to go out with this year’s group of seniors.

“It was the right time,” said Saunders. “I just felt like I was at peace with it. Somebody else needs to do it, and I just feel very at peace.”

Saunders says he plans to continue teaching and wouldn’t rule out a return to coaching in the future. He says he is looking forward to spending more time with his family.

“We had great kids and I think you’re going to have that at Radford, and just keeping up with the tradition. It’s a great school with academics and athletics.”

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