By Michael O'Brien

Korhonen retires

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Richards' Gary Korhonen, the winningest football coach in Illinois history, who won back-to-back state championships in the lase 1980s announced his resignation after 42 years on Friday.

Korhonen, who said he was not burned out and is in excellent health, will continue teach through May.

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MAY COACH GARY KORHONEN ENJOY HIS RETIREMENT.
A GREAT MAN, WHO TOUCHED MANY LIVES.
A MAN WHO CARED ABOUT NOT ONLY HIS PLAYERS, BUT HIS
COACHES, A HUMBLE PERSON WHO STRIVED TO HAVE A GREAT
PROGRAM FOR RICHARDS H.S.
A GREAT REPRESENTATIVE OF HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETICS.
COACH: MAY GOD CONTINUE TO BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY.

Gary Korhonen, "winningest" football coach in Illinois, has also been the most enthusiastic person about the success of his students both on the field and in the classroom. In all his years of coaching and teaching, I have heard stories about his students and team from him and each of those stories showed his endless caring, dedication, and tireless preparation and follow through. This is no different than how Gary was as a child and teen. I know, I'm his sister. Best wishes and love, Marilyn

Well Coach,I guess for me it started standing in the quarterbacks line waiting for my turn to throw.Never made it up to the front.A few plays on the offensive line,then defensive tackle.Had a few sacks in a row and You found a place for me for a few seasons that Ill never forget.You brought out the best in people with a work hard and prepare ethic that lit a fire in a lot of hearts.Congradulations coach on youre achivements in life in and out of football. BEST WISHES! Rush Street Joe

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