As students return for a second semester to the school year, one local high school's now searching for a new head football coach.
Warren Central head coach Bill Cox has resigned, informing the school of his decision late last week.
"I feel like for the program at Warren Central - and for myself - it's time for a change," Cox told WBKO by telephone on Tuesday. "Hopefully it will lead to better things for both of us."
Cox was 37-26 in five seasons at the school, reaching regional finals in 2004 and 2006 and reaching the state semifinals in 2005.
The Dragons hadn't maintained as high a level of play of late, though. They finished 6-6 en route to a 63-0 second round KHSAA Class 5A playoff loss to Bowling Green in 2006 and compiled a 3-8 record in 2007 while losing at Owensboro in the first round of the KHSAA Class 5A playoffs.
Cox said uncertainty about his status at Warren Central was a factor in his decision. He told WBKO he has classwork to do to remain certified to teach in Kentucky beyond the 2009-10 school year, and didn't want to commit to the program for what could be only one season.
"I'm not sure that one more year would provide as much positive input on the kids as allowing someone else to come in and guide them through," said Cox.
Cox emphasized he harbors no hard feelings about his time at Warren Central, saying he loves the school and wants the football program to prosper.
"I wish whoever comes the best and wish the program the best," said Cox. "I have great love for Warren Central and for the kids there. I want to see the program continue to grow and continue to be functional."
When asked about the hiring process, Warren Central athletic director Todd Steward told WBKO on Tuesday the school hasn't begun interviewing potential candidates. He said he expects applications from coaches on Cox's staff and that the school wants a coach in place before spring practice begins.