Loretto High School is pleased to announce the hiring of its new Head Football coach, Mr. Neal Cruce. For the past four years, Coach Cruce has been the Head Football Coach at Hayti High School in Hayti, Missouri where he compiled a record of 30-16 over four years with four playoff appearances. Following the 2016 season, he was named Region Coach of the Year after posting a 10-2 record.
Coach Cruce graduated from the University of Tennessee at Martin in 2005. Originally from Kentucky, Coach Cruce has 12 years of coaching experience, having coached eight years in Tennessee as an assistant at Obion County and Lake County before accepting the head coaching position at Hayti.
At each of his previous coaching positions, Coach Cruce exhibited leadership and demonstrated an ability to motivate his players. Coach Cruce also excels in the classroom and is known to be an interactive teacher who works diligently at connecting with his students. He has a sincere passion to help his players and students become better young adults and representatives of the community.
Coach Cruce will be introduced to the players on Friday, February 17th. A reception will be held on Saturday, February 18th from 2:00-4:00 pm in the LHS Library to allow parents and community members the opportunity to meet Coach Cruce. Loretto High School is looking forward to welcoming Coach Cruce into the Mustang family.