Vicory replaces Mike Cox who recently announced that he is retiring from CR at the end of 2013-14 academic year.
”For me, it is not welcome to Humboldt County but welcome back,” said the 26-year-old Vicory. “It is exciting for me to be at CR. There is a rich football tradition here and I look forward to continuing that tradition. The first priority for me is to solidify the recruiting that has been done over the last year by former offensive coordinator Matt Tomlin. He did a fantastic job.”
Tomlin was hired last month to be the athletic director and head football coach at St. Bernard’s High School.
CR athletic director Joe Hash said that Cox recently elected to step down after making a decision to retire at the end of the 2013-14 academic year.
”Mike would like to focus on teaching and getting ready for retirement,” Hash said. “He also has family commitments on which he would like to concentrate.”
Cox has been the offensive coordinator at CR for 22 years.
”We are very happy that Chris Vicory is with us,” Hash added. “Change can be difficult but it also can be good. We wanted to bring in new leadership sooner rather than later.
Vicory, a Sacramento native, played football for American River College.
”I’m a community college success story,” he said. “Community colleges help students to move on in their football careers and lives.”
Vicory transferred to Humboldt State University where he played for two seasons. Following his playing career, Vicory served as HSU’s tight ends and running backs coach from 2008 to 2010. He also was the offensive line coach at HSU for the 2011 season. He was hired by Mendocino College in Ukiah as the offensive coordinator and recruiting chief for the last 18 months.
Vicory coached the offensive line at HSU that produced HSU’s all-time leading rusher, former CR great Lyndon Rowells, as well as its all-time leading passer.
Vicory earned a bachelor’s degree from HSU in recreation administration and master’s degree in recreation and sports science from Ohio University.
New CR head football coach Chris Vicory