CINCINNATI — Hughes High School football coach Chris Mobley said Wednesday afternoon he is stepping down after six seasons.
"It was a really tough decision, honestly," Mobley said.
Hughes had a 6-2 record this past season, including a 6-0 start and a playoff appearance in which the Big Red hosted Shawnee in the first round.
"Coach Mobley and I came to Hughes at the same time six years ago," Hughes athletic director Andrew Mueller said. (Former AD) Jolinda Miller had just hired Mobley and a few weeks later brought me on as her assistant. You could instantly feel the culture change."
Hughes, a Division III, Region 12 program, has three consecutive winning seasons and back-to-back postseason appearances (2020 and 2021).
"I know the senior class that just graduated was the most winningest class in school history," Mobley said.
Mobley, 35, said he is most proud of the relationships that were built in the school, how the program improved and for reaching the postseason.
Mobley said he loved everything about Hughes.
"I wanted to leave Hughes better than I found it," Mobley said. "I felt like I did do that so I felt comfortable with my decision to step down."
Hughes had a record of 17-8 the past three seasons and each year showed improvement, Mueller said.
"I witnessed boys become high character men in and out of the classroom," Mueller said. "And that is a testament to what Coach Mobley was teaching every day. His leadership went beyond the field of play, he demonstrated what it was like to be a successful man in society."