Gregory resigns as WB football coach
BY GRANT RAMEY | (email@example.com)
David Gregory couldn’t pass up an opportunity to get back home and get back to the coast.
Gregory, less than a month after finishing his fourth season as football coach at William Blount High School, let Governors Athletic Director Mike Brewer know Tuesday morning he was resigning from the position to take an assistant coaching job in his home state of Mississippi.
“It was my decision, there was no pressure whatsoever from the administration or anybody,” Gregory told The Daily Times over the phone. “It’s like I told Coach Brewer, it’s not what I want to do, it’s what I need to do for my family.”
Gregory went 13-27 in four seasons leading the William Blount football program. He’ll continue his duties as head coach of the Govs until Christmas. He’ll then be taking an assistant coaching position at Vancleave High School, a Class 4A school in Vancleave, Miss., roughly 20 miles northwest of Biloxi on the state’s Gulf Coast.
Brewer and Gregory met with the WB football team Tuesday morning to explain what was happening and why.
“It’s an opportunity for him to be close to family,” Brewer said. “When he goes to Mississippi he’s really going home. In either direction, he told me, about an hour either direction will be either his family or his wife’s family.
“Any time you make a transition, it’s a difficult one. He had to put his family first and I respect that and understand that. And that’s sort of where this came from, as far as an opportunity to get home.”
William Blount went 3-7 this season, ending the year with a 25-22 Senior Night win over Farragut on Oct. 26. The Govs finished 4-6 last season, 3-7 in 2010 and 3-7 in 2009 — Gregory’s first season when the coach hired to be the defensive coordinator for Scott Meadows return to the sideline was tapped to take over the team in April of ’09 when Meadows left for the job at Catholic.
Read more in Wednesday’s edition of The Daily Times.