Central High School Red Raider football coach Lee Davis has resigned.
The Manchester Times learned Monday that Davis turned in his resignation as head football coach Monday morning.
“We just met with the football team and informed them,” said CHS principal Joey Vaughn. “I respect Lee and I think that he is a good man. I appreciate the way he has treated our student athletes – he has treated them with respect and I wish him nothing but success.”
Vaughn said Davis will remain at the school as a teacher through the end of the year while he and athletic director Richard Skipper begin searching for his replacement.
“We haven’t put down a timetable, but we will be diligent in finding the best candidate. We will actively search for the best candidate to fill this position,” said Vaughn.
Skipper added that an interim coach will be named to handle day-to-day operations of the program until a head coach can be hired but he hasn’t settled on a name.
“Joey is my boss and I want him to feel comfortable about the way we will attack this and we will be talking about it,” said Skipper. “It’s an important hire and it needs to be done timely but on the same token we want to give every opportunity for those interested to apply.”
Currently the football program is facing a mandatory three-week dead period after wrapping up the season with a 12-9 loss to Tullahoma Friday.
Questions surrounding Davis’ future with the program have been swirling since the team lost to Tullahoma Friday to finish the season 0-10. It was the first winless season for the football program since 1999. In Davis’ three years the Raiders won just five games against 26 losses. Davis’ best record was 3-8 in 2011, which also marked the Raiders’ lone playoff appearance during Davis’ tenure. The Raiders lost to Riverdale in the first round of the playoffs.
“I would like to thank the ones in the community for embracing me, my wife and daughter over my tenure in Manchester,” Davis said in an email to the Times. “Thank you for the opportunity. It was an incredible experience to be a part of so many student-athletes’ lives. I have had the opportunity to coach some outstanding young men. I will never forget each of these student-athletes. I hope that I was able to shape these young men’s lives as much as they have mine. I wish the student-athletes, the coaching staff and the community the best of luck in the future.”
The football program hasn’t posted a winning record since 2007 when the Raiders went 6-4 in the regular season and finished 6-5 after losing in the playoffs to Wilson Central. Coffee County hasn’t had back-to-back winning seasons since 2003 and 2004 under coach Bill Price.