Former Bears player Kurt Becker resigns as East Aurora football coach

Aurora Beacon-News

Kurt Becker, a former Bears player who recently considered a run for Aurora mayor, has resigned as East Aurora High School football coach, district officials announced Friday.

Becker had been head coach since 2012. This season his team was 1-8.

Becker is leaving after the football team's first season in a new $7 million-plus high school stadium. Becker had been involved with plans for the stadium, including a veterans memorial and some other features that have not come to fruition.

During construction of the stadium, Becker described his vision for a "destination field" that could "change people's perceptions through bricks and mortar."

Becker did not return a message seeking comment.

Becker, a 1977 East Aurora High School graduate, played for the Super Bowl XX champion Bears. He also was an All-American football player at the University of Michigan, and is an Aurora businessman.

Becker considered a run for Aurora mayor early in the lead-up to the 2017 election, but bowed out, citing "unfinished business" in East Aurora, referring to stadium construction.

"East High is grateful to coach Becker for his dedication to the football program and commitment to the Tomcats who played under his leadership," Ben Williams, East Aurora High School athletic director, said in a statement. "Kurt provided a structure that taught our student-athletes the importance of teamwork and good sportsmanship — skills which will serve these young men for the rest of their lives."

School administrators will begin a search for a new football coach, which is a seasonal, stipend position, they said in a statement. They are looking to have a new varsity coach in place as soon as possible, they said.

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