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Long County football coach resigns
Kyle Wilson - photo by Photo by Mike Riddle

Long County High School football coach Kyle Wilson has resigned.

Wilson, who had a career record of 13-47 in six seasons in Ludowici, said he told his players Nov. 12 that he wouldn’t be back next season.

"I just felt that it was time for a change," Wilson said. "I talked to the boys on Friday and let them know, and it’s just time for the team and myself to move in a different direction."

Long County athletic director Karen Swindell said a group will be formed to help select a new coach.

Wilson took over a program that went 0-30 in the three seasons leading up to his tenure. In his first year, the Blue Tide went 2-8 in Class A. In 2006, Long County moved up to Region 2-AA and finished 2-8. In each of the next two seasons, the Tide finished 4-6 while boasting one of the best offenses in 2-AA.

"There are a lot of things that I am proud of, we took a poor team and established it as a legitimate football program," Wilson said. "I’m also proud that I was a part of the program that took a team that had not won a game and we won that first game. That’s something that will never be done again."

But the program struggled to build on its earlier success. Long County went 0-10 in 2009 and 1-9 this season.

"A serious commitment to a weight training program has got to be made," Wilson said. "But in addition to this, there has got to be a commitment to the program, that when you become a part of the team, you commit to sticking with the team and doing everything that you can do to make it a successful program. This is not just with the kids, but also has to come from the parents too."

Wilson said he hopes to continue to coach.

"Everything is up in the air now, but I want to stay in coaching somewhere," he said. "Right now I am just taking it easy and going to enjoy myself some. I do want to say that I am thankful for the opportunity to have been able to coach here. We had some success and I feel the program is in a heck of a lot better shape now than it was when I got here."

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