Hebron Christian is in the market for a new head football coach after Jeff Saturday’s decision to step away from coaching.
Saturday’s decision gives him more time to watch his oldest son Jeffrey, in his first year as a wide receiver for the North Carolina Tar Heels, and to handle a more demanding schedule with ESPN, where he is an NFL analyst. Hebron officials said Saturday will remain involved with the athletic program, just not in an active coaching role.
Saturday, a six-time Pro Bowl selection and Super Bowl XLI champion with the Indianapolis Colts, coached at Hebron for five years, the past three as head coach.
“Coach Saturday’s impact on our football program over his three years was incredible,” Hebron athletic director Taylor Davis. “We saw an increase in participation, performance, expectations, and work ethic, but more importantly Coach Saturday cared just as much for his football players off the field. I am grateful for Coach Saturday’s leadership as our football program is moving in the right direction.”
Hebron made the state playoffs in each of Saturday’s three seasons as head coach. He had a record of 20-16, highlighted by a 2019 team that went 8-5 and reached the state quarterfinals. His 2018 posted the first playoff win in school history.
Saturday played 14 NFL seasons, 13 with the Colts, and anchored the offensive line at center for quarterback Peyton Manning. He and Manning started an NFL-record 172 games as a center-quarterback tandem.
Prior to Saturday, Hebron also had a former NFL lineman as head coach in Kevin Shaffer, who played nine seasons in the league. He led the Lions to their first playoff appearance in 2016.
Hebron just completed its 13th season of varsity football. The program’s head coaches prior to Shaffer were Sal Battaglia, Brian Smith and Rick Burlingame.