Palisade High School: John Arledge out as head football coach

Palisade High School on Thursday announced that head coach John Arledge, who has coached the Bulldogs football team since 2005, has been released from his football coaching contract.

Arledge, who guided the Bulldogs to eight straight state-playoff-qualifying seasons, has not been reached for comment.

In a press release, Palisade athletic director Mike Krueger said: “It is not easy to part ways with a person who has done so much for our kids, and for me personally such a good friend. Our school and the community of Palisade owe Coach Arledge a substantial debt of gratitude for the many contributions he has made to Palisade High School football over the past 12 years as both an assistant and head football coach.”

Joe Ramunno, who coached the Bulldogs to four consecutive state championships from 1994-97, going 50-3 during that span, is a Palisade assistant football coach.

District 51 athletic director Paul Cain said the Palisade head coach job opening will be posted on the District 51 athletic website.

“They just felt it was time for a change,” Cain said. “And it was a hard decision.”

Of Arledge’s coaching legacy, Cain said: “He had a passion for the game, for the program and for his athletes. He got a lot out of his players in the program.”


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