Demond McCoy saw the work his mentors did as principals and knew that is the path he wanted his career to take.
McCoy accepted a position as an assistant principal at Russell County Middle School on Tuesday night for next school year.
That meant that he would have to step down as athletic director and head football coach at Russell County High.
(Going into administration) has always been a goal of mine, he said. With the encouragement of our superintendent Mike Green, I went back to Troy and got my (Masters) degree. I also discussed it with my family to make sure it was the best decision for me long term.
McCoy has been at Russell County High for nine seasons as a track coach and the girls basketball coach before taking over the football program two years ago.
I am going to miss it, McCoy said. I cant say I wont miss it. But I know these young men are headed in the right direction.
McCoy said he expects an interim head coach to be appointed either Thursday or Friday.
In two seasons McCoy stabilized the program and led it to a 8-12-1 record. The Warriors went to the playoffs last year for the first time since 2001. They also finished the regular season at .500, 5-5. That was the first time the team had won five games in a season since 1998.
The .500 record is remarkable for a program that has had six winning seasons dating back to 1954.
I think things have improved greatly, McCoy said. But there is still a lor of room for improvement.
McCoy said the program can continue to get better.
Theres no doubt, he said. As long as the administration believes in what the coaches are doing, then the kids will believe as well. (Russell County) is the best kept secret in Alabama. We have what it takes to be successful.
Russell County, which moves up to Class 6A for the 2014 season, opens the season on Aug. 29 at home against Eufaula.
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