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Ceres High football coach steps down
• Bulldogs had 1-19 record during Matt Chachere’s two years at the helm
Ceres High’s football program won one game in two seasons under Matt Chachere’s guidance. - photo by Dale Butler

Matt Chachere’s stint as head coach of Ceres High School’s football program lasted just two seasons.

Chachere stepped down this past week after meeting with Bulldog Athletic Director John Bussard.

“They wanted to go in a different direction,” Chachere said. “I have no ill feelings. I’m thankful for the opportunity they gave me to be a head coach for the first time.”

Chachere informed CHS players at lunchtime on Nov. 21 he would not be returning next season.

“I enjoyed being around the players and coaches,” Chachere said. “It was a great learning experience. It’s definitely not going to be my last time being a coach. Hopefully, I catch on with another program. We’ll see what happens.”

Ceres High continued its losing tradition under Chachere’s guidance. 

The Bulldogs had a combined record of 1-19 the past two seasons.

Ceres High failed to make the playoffs and compile a winning record for the 15th consecutive year this fall.

“I wanted the challenge,” Chachere said. “But it just didn’t work out. I wish them the best. I hope there’s light at the end of the tunnel. I’m not sure who is taking over. Whoever comes in, it’s going to take time and patience. Four years would be ideal. There are going to be some growing pains. You get one winning season, you can use that as momentum.”

When Chachere was hired to lead Ceres High in 2018, he envisioned rebuilding the football program.

“We had a lot of first-year players playing football,” he said. “That’s not a formula for success. It starts at the freshmen level. If they stay together for four years, by the time they’re seniors that will translate to wins. They’ll have experience.”