Bishop Dwenger’s Chris Svarczkopf retires after 40 years in coaching

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – One of the most respected coaches in northeast Indiana is calling it a career as WANE-TV can confirm that Chris Svarczkopf is retiring as the head football coach at Bishop Dwenger after leading the Saints for the past 15 years.

WANE-TV’s news-gathering partner The News-Sentinel broke the story.

The Saints head coach met with his team to tell them about his decision. Svarczkopf spent four decades in coaching was emotional in telling his players.

“We’re all here for a reason,” he said on Monday. “What I realized what my calling was, I never worked a day in my life. I went to school, I went to football, I went to practice, I never went to work.”

Svarczkopf’s teams have gone a combined 149-49 during his tenure. That includes 5 semi-states, 10 regionals, and 11 sectionals. The Saints also won the SAC title six times under coach Svarczkopf.

Dwenger won the 2015 4A state title with Ernie Bojrab serving as interim coach while Svarczkopf sat out the season battling cancer.