CHATHAM, NJ - Jason Izsa, who was the head football coach to one of the greatest seasons in Chatham High gridiron history, has been told by the school district that he will not be rehired for the 2018 season.
"The whole time I was at Chatham was a highlight for me," Izsa said when reached by phone. "I have no regrets. There was never a day or a practice where I felt it was a job. I sent an email to all the players and parents thanking them for their support throughout the season."
Izsa spent eight years as a Cougar football coach, the last five as the head coach. He took over when Don Morgenroth left to take the head job in Montville before the 2013 season.
Izsa inherited a team that was in the midst of a losing streak, which reached 23 straight losses before a 33-0 win over High Point in 2014 when Chatham finished 3-7. In 2015, Chatham went 9-3 and reached the NJSIAA North Jersey, Section 2. Group 3 final, where it lost to Cranford. It ranks as the best football season since Chatham Borough and Chatham High became one high school.
"Some coaches will never experience what I did in that 2015 season when we reached the state final," Izsa said. "I was lucky to coach some great athletes like the Guida brothers, Timmy Adams, Justin Hayes, Ryan Barnett, Alex Sands, Max Schelling and so many more."
One of the most memorable highlights of the Izsa era was the 2015 season opener when Timmy Adams threw a touchdown pass to Robbie Moskowitz on the final play of the game to win at Randolph, 25-22.
In 2016, the same week that Izsa lost his father, Chatham upended West Essex, 22-21, on Cougar Night with a touchdown and extra point kick by Adams with 18 seconds left.
Below is Luke Malanga's highlight video from the 2015 season
In his five seasons as head coach, Izsa was 15-37 overall.
In 2014, Izsa was named the recipient of the New York Jets High School Coach of the Week award, which is sponsored by Chase. In 2015, the Morris County Coaches named him the William O. Regan Coach of the Year, an award named after the legendary Delbarton coach.
"I plan to be coaching football as an assistant somewhere in the fall," Izsa said.