Jimmy Linn steps down as head coach of New Haven football program

Jimmy Linn watches his New Haven team warm up during a September 11, 2020 game against Leo.

New Haven athletic director Andrew Wagner confirmed on Monday that Jimmy Linn has resigned his position as the head football coach of the Bulldogs.

Linn will remain head coach of the New Haven wrestling program, a position he has held since 2013.

“Three years ago, I thought being the head coach of two sports would be something I could do,” said Linn. “As I found out, coaching both at the level I need to be successful ended up being too much. It felt like I was taking away from both sports.”

Linn was nothing if not consistent with New Haven in his three seasons at the helm, leading the program to five wins in each season – 5-6 in 2018 and 2019 and 5-5 this past campaign.

A near-constant at the top of the NE8 and the old Northeast Hoosier Conference, the Bulldogs have struggled to compete with the likes of Leo and East Noble in recent seasons. New Haven has lost two straight to the Lions and four consecutive to the Knights.

Previously to being the head coach, Linn served as defensive coordinator for Coach Jim Rowland with New Haven for 13 years.

Overall, New Haven has finished under-.500 just twice over the past 11 seasons.

Wagner said that internal candidates for the job can apply through this week, with the job being opened to outside candidates beginning over the weekend.

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