Jeff Cruce out as head football coach at Berkeley

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MONCKS CORNER, SC (WCSC) - Jeff Cruce, who's been a head football coach in Berkeley County for 20 years, has been removed as the head coach and athletic director at Berkeley High School the district announced on Wednesday.

Cruce, who spent 12 years leading Hanahan and 3 years as the head coach at Cane Bay before moving to the Stags, led Berkeley to a region championship in 2014 but faltered to a 3-7 record in 2015.

Berkeley County announced that Cruce would be reassigned to another position within the district.

"We appreciate the work Coach Cruce put in with our students and wish him much success in his future endeavors with BCSD," said Steven Steele, principal at Berkeley High School.

In his 5 years with the Stags, Cruce went 25-32 highlighted by that 2014 region title season. Berkeley was expected to contend again in 2015 when Cruce made the decision to move to a more aggressive style that included almost never punting away the ball no matter the situation. Statistically, that's supposed to increase your chances of scoring more, but the plan didn't work as the coach had hoped it would and helped lead to his 4th losing season in 5 years.

For his career, which began with a 3 year stint at Hampton, Cruce has gone 149-119.