Joe Chango joins Rummel staff as wide receivers coach

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Joe Chango, Country Day coach
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An outstanding coaching staff and program just became even more potent.

Archbishop Rummel head football coach Nick Monica has hired former Country Day head coach Joe Chango to coach wide receivers coach with the Raiders.

Chango resigned his position at Country Day in late January.

Chango did a masterful job, posting a record of 40-18 in five seasons at Country Day.

Previously, Chango was offensive coordinator at Jesuit for two years, including the 2014 campaign in which the Blue Jays won their first state championship in 54 years.

Chango also coached at St. Charles Catholic with Frank Monica in in the 1999 and 2000 seasons and one of the players he coached was Nick Monica. Chango coached at De La Salle in 1997 and 1998 and one of the players he coached was current top Rummel assistant coach Graham Jarrott.

In 2018, the Cajuns had a magical undefeated regular season that included fourth-quarter comebacks against eventual Class 3A champion Amite and state semifinalists St. Charles Catholic and Newman.

Dropping down to Class 1A and Division IV in 2019, the Cajuns upset top-seeded Vermilion Catholic in the quarterfinals before losing at eventual Division IV champion Ouachita Christian in the semis.

Nick Monica is excited to have one of his former coaches and a coach the caliber of Chango joining his staff.

“Joe will add experience to our staff and will fit in with what we want to do on offense,” Monica said. “He is familiar with some of the guys on staff and has coached in this league before so I think it will be a good marriage.”

Chango is a native of Kenilworth, New Jersey who attended Tulane.

“My options were open and when Nick called me about it, I was truly excited about it,” Chango said. “To be able to continue coaching football is important. Rummel is a great place with great people and kids and Graham is a great friend as well. That’s what makes football great. These are two guys that I coached when I was a young dude, a young coach in the game. Graham and I have been friends for 23 years. Being around people you care about and like being around makes it better for the program.”

Chango has already seen what the future looks like.

“Rummel has a real good staff with good chemistry,” Chango said. “I saw what their school and program was all about when I was at De La Salle going against Jay Roth. I saw how good it was when I was at Jesuit. Everything about Rummel is great. The administration is great, they support all aspects of the school, including athletics. They get really good kids and good players. There is tremendous parental and fan support. That is the kind of place that you really want to work at.”

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