After coaching five seasons for the Southwestern High School football team, veteran coach Larry French announced Tuesday he would be taking some time off from coaching.
According to school officials, there has been no official resignation made by the veteran coach, and he stated that he needed time off from coaching.
"Coach French told us he wanted to take some time off from coaching, but there has been no official resignation," Southwestern AD Alex Eaton stated on Tuesday. "However, we do expect an opening at the first of the year."
In five seasons with the Warriors football program, French has compiled an overall record of 47-17. He had three seasons with identical records of 10 wins and 3 losses.
French guided the Warriors to four Region 4 championship games (2018, 2017, 2016, and 2014), but could never advance to the state semifinal round. Three of those region final wins came at the hands of county school rivals Pulaski County High School (2014, 2016, 2018).
During his five seasons at Southwestern, French coached Southwestern teams won three district titles (2014, 2016, and 2017).
French met with his players on Tuesday afternoon to inform them of his decision.
For his career, French has coached high school football for nearly half a century and led the Boyle County High School football program to back-to-back undefeated Class 4A state championship titles in 2009 and 2010.
Two weeks ago, French did admit to the Commonwealth Journal that he had visited with school officials at Middlesboro High School. However, French stated that he did not interview with the school nor did he think he would be leaving the local area to coach there.
The Middlesboro High School football coaching position has been open since early November, after Zach Massengill was let let go as coach of the Yellow Jackets after compiling a 10-44-1 record in five seasons.
STEVE CORNELIUS is the CJ Sports Editor and can be reached at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter at @CJSportseditor.