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Donegal Football Head Coach Chad Risberg Steps Down after 5 Years at the Helm

Chad Risberg has been a part of Donegal for a long, long time. He graduated from Donegal in 1995 and was an assistant under 2 previous head coaches for many years. When Jeff Polites stepped down after the 2017 season it was Risberg’s time to be the head man. Over his 5-year tenure he guided the Indians to a winning record of 26-22. That record includes 2 back-to-back district appearances in 2021 and 2022.

Photo credit Noah Alkinburgh

Some key moments from his career would be Donegal’s win over Ephrata in 2019, the close win at Catholic in the Covid year, which also was Donegal’s first win over Catholic in 10+ years. Donegal would make Districts in 2021 for the first time since 2014. In what would be Risberg’s last year Donegal endured injuries and a tough schedule to make Districts again thanks to back-to-back wins against Eco and Octorara.

Yesterday it was confirmed to us here at 717 Sports that Risberg tendered his resignation earlier this month and is looking forward to spending time with family while continuing to teach at the high school. So as Chad Risberg puts down the headset after 5 years, Donegal athletic director Frank Hawkins will lead the search for who gets to put on that headset and be the face of a new era for Donegal football come late August.

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