SAN JOSE — In a surprise move, Bellarmine football coach Jalal Beauchman has stepped down after three seasons in charge of the storied San Jose program, the school announced Friday.
Beauchman, in a phone call to the Bay Area News Group after the announcement, read a statement about his decision.
“I would like to thank the entire Bellarmine community for the love and support they have given me, not only in the last three years as the head varsity football coach but also for the several years I spent coaching on the lower levels and for the four years I spent as a student at Bellarmine,” he said.
“I also would like to thank the leadership at Bellarmine for giving me the opportunity to lead the football program and the truly special young men I had the honor to coach.
“It is largely because of these young men that this decision was so hard. But it is the right decision for me to transition into focusing on my family and my future for the time being. I will miss coaching at Bellarmine very much. But I will always be a Bell. Go Bells.”
Before becoming a coach, Beauchman played at Bellarmine and San Jose State. He was the West Catholic Athletic League’s receiver of the year in 2005.
Bellarmine athletic director Kevin Saldivar said in a statement Friday, “As a Bellarmine alumnus, he worked each day to infuse the Bellarmine and Jesuit moto of being individuals who are ‘for and with others’ into everything he did.
“We wish Coach Beauchman all the best. He brought energy and enthusiasm to the football program and has established a solid foundation for our future football Bells.”
The release added that Bellarmine will begin the search for a new coach in the coming weeks. Inquiries should be directed to Saldivar.
Beauchman added that he hopes the new coach considers keeping some of the assistants on the current staff.