Gaffney head football coach Joe Montgomery resigned Monday as the school's coach and athletic director, effective immediately.
Montgomery submitted a letter of resignation to Gaffney High Prinicpal Quincie Moore and Cherokee County Superintendent Dr. William James on Monday, three days after the Indians concluded a 2-10 season with a first-round playoff loss to Summerville.
"I have concluded that my resignation of these positions is in the best interest of Gaffney High School and the students in its athletic programs," Montgomery stated in his letter.
James stated in a separate press release that he had accepted the resignation and would recommend that the Cherokee County School District Board of Trustees accept the decision. The release stated that the District would make no additional comment on the topic.
TEXT OF MONTGOMERY'S LETTER
Please accept this letter as my resignation as Athletic Director and Head Football Coach at Gaffney High School, effective immediately. I have concluded that my resignation of these positions is in the best interest of Gaffney High School and the students in its athletic programs.
I have enjoyed my years in these positions, and believe I have used that time to contribute positively to the spirit and traditions of the school. I am grateful for my time in these positions spent with my fellow coaches and district employees, the students of the school and their parents, and the fans and supporters of Gaffney High School and its football and other athletics programs.
TEXT OF QUINCIE MOORE'S PRESS RELEASE
This afternoon, I met with Joe Montgomery, and following a friendly and constructive discussion concerning his personal plans and the best interests of the athletic program at Gaffney High School, I agreed to accept Mr. Montgomery's resignation as Athletic Director and Head Football Coach effective at the end of this year's football season.
I believe Coach Montgomery has contributed positively to the spirit and traditions of Gaffney High School, and I have enjoyed working with him during my tenure at this extraordinary institution. Further, I trust that countless former players, current team members, fellow coaches, Gaffney High School employees, and many fans join me in wishing Coach Montgomery well in his future personal and professional endeavors.
Inasmuch as these circumstances are fundamentally a personal matter of Gaffney High School, I shall have no further public comment.
TEXT OF DR. WILLIAM JAMES PRESS RELEASE
This afternoon, Gaffney High School Principal Mrs. Quincie L. Moore advised me that Coach Joe Montgomery tendered his resignation as Athletic Director and Head Football Coach at Gaffney High School, effective immediately. The superintendent has accepted his resignation to Mrs. Moore and will recommend that the School Board of Trustees ratify this decision.
The District will make no further public comments regarding this matter.
Montgomery Steps Down in Gaffney
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