HOUSTON - Crosby Athletic Director and Head Football Coach Jeff Riordan confirmed to VYPE Houston that he will be stepping down to pursue another job.
Riordan told VYPE he should be approved for his new job at a February 25 and he will remain at Crosby until Spring Break, which is set for the second week of March.
What fueled the move by Riordan was the financial disaster that Crosby ISD has been in the middle of the past few months, including the laying off of multiple coaches on his staff and slashing of his athletic budget by almost 60 percent.
"I’ve been up and down. I’ve been In and out. Hoping and praying that the signs would turn. But they haven’t," Riordan said. "Things aren’t trending up. My family has been affected by decisions made here, my coaching family has been affected and those hurt me. I just can’t be held responsible for the success and safety of the athletic program without the support needed or being involved with the decisions being made for my programs. The majority of athletic decisions since August have been made without my input."
Riordan built Crosby into a Houston power in his seven seasons, going an impressive 66-18 and winning four district championships. The best season for the Cougars under Riordan came in 2014 when they reached the Regional Finals and finished the year 13-2.
While at Crosby, Riordan helped orchestrate the building of a new home press box, video board, turf and also oversaw the BallParks at Crosby project, which included four all-turf fields (two baseball and two softball), making Crosby athletics one of the premiere programs in Houston when it came to facilities.
"I feel like this place is way better now than where it was when I found it," Riordan said. "These coaches and these players helped that part. This community was awesome. Hardest decision of my life. It’s because of the kids, coaches and community that made this decision, the right decision for my family and career, so freaking hard."
Riordan admitted he had turned down a few options along the way and had made peace with staying at Crosby and fighting through the adversity until this new opportunity came calling.
What made this decision the hardest is who he is walking away from.
"It is nothing that these kids have done," Riordan said. "I love each of them like my own sons. I love this coaching staff like brothers. This has been the hardest decision of my life and it’s because of these things.
"I will always be here for them and I’m always a phone call away. This isn't goodbye forever, it’s just I’ll see you later! I will be here and around Crosby until Spring Break. After that I will move to a new location. Code Red signing out. Ohana is forever."