Bakersfield, CA – Bakersfield College's Jeff Chudy announced his retirement as head football coach on Tuesday, January 7, 2020, ending a 16-year run that maintained the Renegades' place among the elite California community college football programs.
Chudy leaves with 112 gridiron victories, second-most in BC's storied football history, and a .626 winning percentage. His 16-year tenure is second only in longevity to Gerry Collis who coached 17 seasons (1967-83).
BC President Sonya Christian said the college would immediately begin a search for Chudy's successor. "You can't just replace Jeff's talent, deep knowledge, competitive spirit, and history with the program," President Christian said. "I know I speak for everyone in the BC football community when I express my gratitude for all that Jeff has brought to the game and to this college."
Chudy said of his decision: "I have been involved in this great game of football since I was 7 years old. When I became a part of the Bakersfield College Football program 28 years ago, I was too young and naïve to understand the impact this community would have on me and my family. I am so thankful to Bakersfield College for giving me the unbelievable opportunity to be a part of BC football. I am also indebted to the players, coaches, and their families that have inspired me over the years. My time at Bakersfield College has been nothing short of spectacular. Renegade Football is special – this program is truly a community partnership. I am forever grateful for the lifelong relationships that I've made. The experiences we've had and the memories we've made are priceless. As great as this ride has been, God has blessed me with a loving and supportive family who have paid a price. It is time for me step off the grid to devote more time to their world."
Chudy compiled a total overall record of 112-67. The 2012 season was particularly extraordinary - Chudy led the Renegades to a record of 11-2 and the State Championship, routing City College of San Francisco 35-14 in the title game at Memorial Stadium in front of over 16,000 fans.
"I was at a loss when I learned of Jeff's plans to retire from his position," said Bakersfield College Athletic Director Sandi Taylor, "but I am confident that he is leaving our football program in a strong position among community college athletics throughout the state and the nation."