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Cal Cummins has stepped down as Streamwood's football coach after seven years leading the Sabres. | Andrew A. Nelles~For Sun-Times Media
Streamwood football coach Cal Cummins recently announced to his players he is stepping down after seven years at the helm.
Cummins, who is a year or two away from retiring as a teacher, cited a growing number of family commitments as the main factor in his decision to give up his football coaching duties.
Next summer Cummins has a daughter getting married and a son who is a Marine officer graduating from fighter pilot training. His son, who is stationed in Texas, is also expecting a baby with his wife.
“Long story short, I’d probably end up being gone half the summer next year,” Cummins said. “I’m somewhat of a workaholic when it comes to weight lifting and football camps in the summer. It would just be very difficult for me to ask players and coaches to make a commitment and then turn around and say I’m going to be gone a good portion of the time.”
Cummins compiled a 15-49 record during his seven seasons with the Sabres. His tenure began with four consecutive 1-8 finishes from 2006-2009, but the program has taken a step forward in recent years.
Streamwood ended an eight-year playoff drought in 2011 when it posted a 6-4 record. The Sabres went 3-6 in 2012.
“We feel like we’ve achieved a lot of things,” Cummins said. “I hoped when I came here we’d have an opportunity to get Streamwood back in the playoffs, and that happened.”
Cummins spent 17 seasons coaching his alma mater Freeport prior to arriving at Streamwood. He put together a 109-61 record with the Pretzels, reaching the postseason 10 times.
Despite the struggles early on during his time at Streamwood, Cummins still owns a 124-110 career coaching record.
“Our freshman group this year was good, so it wasn’t like this was an easy decision,” Cummins said. “But with all the family commitments going on, it seemed like the time was right.”