Amherst football coach Chris Ehorn Jr. stepping down to pursue education –

During his tenure as head football coach at Amherst the last five years, Chris Ehorn Jr. always stressed to his players to become the best version of themselves and to take their education seriously.

Going into the next year, he is taking that advice to heart.

Ehorn is stepping down as the program’s coach to pursue a degree in Sports Business at Rutgers University in New Jersey. Former Minnechaug Defensive Coordinator Michael Dublin will be the Hurricanes’ next head coach.

Ehorn was an assistant coach for one season at Northampton and an assistant for another season at Murrieta Valley High School, his alma mater, in California before becoming the Hurricanes’ coach five years ago.

Since becoming head coach at Amherst, Ehorn steadily built the Hurricanes into one of the region’s strongest programs. That build-up led Amherst to an undefeated season in 2019 and a berth in the Division V state championship game at Gillette Stadium.

One of Ehorn’s favorite things about coaching is maintaining relationships with former players. He recently met up with members of that 2019 sectional championship team to get food and catch up. Building new relationships with players, administrators and parents at Amherst is one of the things he will miss the most.

“The kids … that will be what I miss,” Ehorn said. “One of my favorite things since becoming a coach is running into former players. That is my favorite thing. To leave them is the toughest thing. That is what I’ll miss most. Spending time with them and forming those relationships.”

When it comes to his successor, Ehorn met Dublin at a winter track meet last year and had a good conversation.

Ehorn thinks that the Hurricanes’ program will be in good hands.

“He’s really impressive,” Ehorn said. “I really liked him he seemed to have high standards and a love for football. When I stepped down I reached out to him and sent him the job posting.”

Ehorn doesn’t anticipate being able to help coach anywhere while also attending Rutgers, but he isn’t completely ruling it out. One thing that is certain is his drive to coach again at some point down the road.

“The plan is to get back into it as soon as possible,” Ehorn said. “We are in the field of education. Education is first and foremost. I think we did a great job as a staff telling players to be the best they can be academically and becoming the best version of themselves. I felt it was only right I do the same thing. I am preaching all day long about being the best versions of themselves. It was time for me to do the same.”