Cunningham resigns as Silverado aide

Randall Cunningham resigned as offensive coordinator for Silverado High School’s football team on Wednesday.

Cunningham, a former UNLV star who was a four-time Pro Bowl quarterback over 16 NFL seasons, was hired at Silverado in December 2009. He served as the Skyhawks’ offensive coordinator last season.

Cunningham declined to discuss his reasons for leaving Silverado, but he made clear he was thankful to the school’s administrators. He also worked on the coaching staff in Silverado’s track program.

“Sometimes a door closes,” Cunningham said of leaving Silverado. “I was over there for a year and a half, and I loved the kids.”

Cunningham said his son, Randall II, has transferred to Bishop Gorman and was being registered at the school Wednesday.

Randall Cunningham II won last year’s Class 4A state high jump title as a Silverado freshman when he cleared a season-best 6 feet, 7 inches in May. He has continued to blossom on the summer track and field circuit.

The younger Cunningham also played quarterback for Silverado’s junior varsity team last year. The 6-foot-4-inch sophomore will play for Gorman’s junior varsity team this season, his father said, because of Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association transfer rules.

“He looks exactly like I did, but he’s faster than I was,” Cunningham said. “He’s very smart, and he understands the game.”

Cunningham said he doesn’t plan on coaching at Gorman.

“I didn’t offer my services over here,” he said. “If they ever asked me, I’d be glad to coach, but they have a good staff over here.”

Silverado varsity football coach Andy Ostolaza declined to comment on Cunningham’s departure.

The 48-year-old Cunningham passed for 29,979 yards and 207 touchdowns and ran for 4,928 yards and 35 TDs in his NFL career. He was a first-team All-Pro pick in 1998 while with the Minnesota Vikings.