The Sonny Charpentier era, in football anyway, is over for now.
Teurlings Catholic officially announced Charpentier’s retirement as head football coach in a news release Tuesday evening. Charpentier will remain at the school as the athletic director.
Charpentier informed his team of his decision last week prior to the team’s playoff loss to Parkview Baptist.
“I sent him a note to him that high school football is going to miss him,” St. Thomas More coach Jim Hightower said. “He was a competitor. I’m sure Teurlings is going to miss him, but the greater high school football community is definitely going to miss Sonny.”
For over two decades, the expectations each fall around Teurlings Catholic have been pretty high.
It wasn’t always that way, though.
The 60-year-old Charpentier arrived on the campus at Teurlings for the 1988-99 season as a head basketball coach and football assistant.
He led the Rebels to the Top 28 Tournament and coached basketball until 1995. That’s when Charpentier took over as school’s head football coach.
In the two seasons prior to him taking over, the Rebels were 4-16. Six of the eight years prior to Charpentier were losing seasons. Teurlings went 12-1 in his first season as head coach in 1995.