Zunkel resigns as McHenry East dean, head football coach after arrest

Niemic to serve in interim role during upcoming season

Nathaniel Zunkel, who served as McHenry’s head football coach and dean of students for McHenry East High School, has resigned after his arrest Saturday on domestic battery charges.

Zunkel’s resignation was effective Wednesday, according to a news release from McHenry High School District 156.

“I am resigning to deal with family and personal issues, and to better myself as a father, a husband and as a leader of young people,” Zunkel said in his letter of resignation. “I appreciate the community in McHenry for welcoming my family and all the support we received.”

Zunkel, 40, was hired by the district in January 2016.

Officers were called at
8:25 p.m. Saturday to his home in the 4700 block of Oregon Trail, McHenry. Zunkel is charged with domestic battery, a misdemeanor offense that typically results in less than a year in prison.

In an order of protection granted Tuesday, the alleged victim said Zunkel punched her in the eye during an argument. She also described other displays of anger, for which Zunkel has not been charged.

Reached by phone Thursday evening, the woman declined to comment further. A judge previously had denied an order of protection filed against Zunkel in 2016.

Zunkel’s next court appearance is set for July 2.

District 156 also announced Thursday that Jon Niemic will serve as interim head football coach for the 2018 season. He has spent the past two seasons as the Warriors’ offensive coordinator and as an assistant in the boys basketball program.

Niemic, who graduated from Crystal Lake South High School in 2006, was hired by McHenry in 2016 after coaching football and basketball for six years at North High School in Sioux City, Iowa.

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