Eagles head coach Tim Launtz retires

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Juniata College Eagles head football coach Tim Launtz has retired. He had been the school’s head coach since the 2011 season.

Before being named head coach, he worked for the football team for 24 seasons. During his nine seasons as the head coach, he had a 28-63 record.

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“We thank Tim for his leadership, integrity, commitment to our student-athletes, and for how he and his program have represented Juniata,” Athletic Director Greg Curley said. “There truly isn’t a better ‘Juniata Man.’  We are excited for this new chapter in his Juniata experience and look forward to his continued positive impact on the lives of our students, student-athletes, and our entire community.”

A national search has begun to find his replacement. The new coach will be the 23rd in program history.

Launtz leave the program following a 2-8 record. The team ended the season on a five-game losing streak.

“I want to thank Juniata College, and all the Juniata men I had the opportunity to coach,” stated Launtz. “Nine years ago, Juniata took a chance on hiring me as a head football coach, knowing the program had to go a different direction. It wasn’t going the Juniata way, and that is the direction I tried to take the program. I hope we were able to accomplish that. We tried to truly embody the idea of the student-athlete to give our Juniata men a wholesome experience.”

 He had one winning season at the school. He guided the program to a 7-4 record during the 2013 season.

The team qualified for the ECAC Southwest Bowl game before losing to the Albright Lions. The Lions won the contest 45-34 on Nov. 23, 2013.

“It was very gratifying to work for an athletic director who cared and who supported and understood the importance of the experience for the student-athlete,” Launtz said. “I would also like to thank all of the assistant coaches I have had the opportunity to coach with over the past nine years. I worked with some really great men. The record of the young men we had the opportunity to coach is undefeated because they are men of integrity, of honor, and they will be great men, great fathers, great leaders, and great friends. I am going to miss it, but it is time for a change, and I look forward to my new role at Juniata College.”

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