HASTINGS, Neb. — Shawn Mulligan is stepping down after nearly a decade leading the Adams Central football program.

The school announced Thursday that Josh Lewis will be the next head coach for the Patriots. Lewis has been the defensive coordinator for multiple seasons. Mulligan will continue to teach, help with high school track and be the junior high/high school football liaison.

“Coach Mulligan has done a great job leading the Patriots Football team and providing young men with character building and discipline,” Activities Director Alan Frank said in a statement. “We would like to thank and congratulate him on a successful career.”

Mulligan spent nine years as Adams Central head coach. He guided the Patriots to the state playoffs each of the last five seasons, including a run to the championship game in 2020 and trips to the semifinals in 2019 and 2022.