MacMurray changes coaches

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MacMurray has named a new football coach. Chris Douglas will take over next week as head coach of the Highlanders, coming from Highland Community College in Highland, Kansas, where he was the offensive coordinator. 

He replaces Jake Box, who took a job as an assistant coach at Presentation, a fellow member of the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference which is starting football this fall. Box was 1-19 in two seasons, taking over a team that had gone 0-20 the previous two years.

MacMurray has fewer than 500 full-time undergraduates and is the smallest school playing Division III football.

“I did a lot of research before I came to the MacMurray campus to interview with the faculty and staff,” Douglas said. “I discovered plenty of opportunities in my research for MacMurray to have success academically and athletically. But what my research couldn't tell me, what I discovered on my visit, was the quality of the faculty and staff at MacMurray and how important the success of its students is.” He continued, “I'm excited to work with coach and athletic director Dane Pavlovich, the coaching staff and players at MacMurray and to help return Mac to levels of success it enjoyed in the recent past."

MacMurray's last winning season was in 2004, when the Highlanders went 7-3, 4-3 in the now-defunct Illini-Badger Conference.

“We are thrilled that Chris Douglas is going to be our next head football coach at MacMurray College,” said Pavlovich. “He has a tremendous amount of football knowledge and is a great recruiter. He is a quality addition to our coaching staff, and we feel that he will point the Highlander football program in the right direction.”

Douglas brings to MacMurray a wide experience in coaching, having been defensive and strength coach at his alma mater, Southwestern College, where he was also head coach for five seasons; running backs coach at Abilene Christian; defensive coordinator at Jamestown College; and switched over to offensive coordinator at Highland Community College. He also had a three-year stint at Stigler Public Schools in Oklahoma, where he took the high school team to its first state playoff berth at home in 25 years.

Douglas has a bachelor’s degree in biology from Southwestern and a master’s in education from Wichita State.

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