First Posted: 1/15/2009
George resigns as Mustangs coach
Led team to playoffs during his single season
ROWLAND - Willie George has resigned as head football coach at South Robeson High School.
Athletics Director Jerome Hunt said that George told him earlier this week that he would not return for a second year as the Mustangs coach. Hunt did not indicate why, saying he preferred that information come directly from George. Attempts to reach George this morning were unsuccessful.
George led South Robeson to a 3-8 record this season that included a 16-12 loss to Lakewood in the first round of the state 1-A playoffs.
“We're definitely disappointed,” Hunt said. “We felt like we saw some improvement in the team this year and for him to make the decision was sort of a shock for us.''
George will continue at the school as a math teacher.
George came to South Robeson from St. Pauls High, where he served as the defensive coordinator last year, helping Coach Mike Setzer and the Bulldogs advance to the second round of the state 2-A playoffs.
Before that, George was a baseball coach for eight seasons at South Robeson, resigning that position in November 2005, and also was an assistant football coach for the Mustangs. At his introductory news conference, George called his return to South Robeson a “homecoming.”
“I’m not going to South Robeson on the terms of going for a year or two years and then going somewhere else,” he said at the time. “That’s not fair to them. I plan on staying there for a while.”
Hunt said that George's resignation will be submitted to the school board for its acceptance. Once that happens, Hunt said the job would be advertised for at least two weeks.
“We will get as many applicants as we can and then start the interview process,” Hunt said.
It will be Hunt's second search for a football coach since he became athletics director in January 2006. George replaced Barry Leonard, who resigned after coaching the team to a 3-9 record in 2006.