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      Cicero-North Syracuse head varsity football coach resigns due to health issues

      Steve Ellis (file photo)

      One of the most well-liked coaches in local high school football has resigned, though it has nothing to do with performances on the field.

      Steve Ellis, who served as varsity football coach at Cicero-North Syracuse High School, steps down after 10 seasons. Ellis suffered a very serious work related injury last year and still awaits a full release from his doctor.

      Rather than waiting for that release so he could hold onto his position as head coach, Ellis decided it was in the best interest of the student athletes to step down and let them move on as quickly as possible with a new staff for the 2013 season.

      Ellis enjoyed a plethora of success including winning a Class AA league title in 2007 when he was named Coach of the Year in Section III. In seven out of his 10 years on the job, Ellis?? teams scored winning records and made the playoffs. Including a school-record streak of six straight years from 2004-2009. Speaking of records, Ellis also owns the most wins of any football coach at C-NS.

      ??What I enjoyed the most was the challenge of molding kids into young responsible adults. I always liked to use football as a platform to emphasize life lessons and academics to our kids?? says Ellis.

      He adds ??I always wanted the kids to know that there was a reason they were called student/athletes and not the other way around.??

      Ellis also tutored an NFL talent as he coached Tyvon Branch, the current starting safety for the Oakland Raiders.

      The news became public when the North Syracuse Central School District announced Tuesday that physical education teacher, Steve Ellis, had resigned from his position as head varsity football coach due to his "continued health issues."

      The district says Ellis??s decision was "motivated by his continued health issues, resulting from a serious injury he sustained while teaching physical education." The district says Ellis feels his resignation is in the best interest of the students in the football program.

      Ellis will continue to work as a physical education teacher at Cicero-North Syracuse High School.

      "The resignation was mutually agreed upon with the district. We are grateful to Steve Ellis for his contributions to the football program over the last ten years and we wish him a full recovery from his injury," said Superintendent of Schools, Kim Dyce Faucette, Ed.D. in a media release.

      The district says it plans to search for a new head varsity football coach.

      Dr. Dyce says she is, "confident that the district will find an outstanding candidate to immediately take over as head coach." She says the timing of Ellis??s resignation gives the district time to have a new coach in place for the 2013 football season.