After one of the most successful football seasons in Northside Patriots history, head coach Morgan Ingram has decided to step aside.
Ingram announced his decision to step down as Patriots head coach on Wednesday. Ingram, who recently finished his fifth season as Northside head coach, said he plans to remain with the school as athletic director.
“I have been a football coach every single day of my 20 years of teaching,” Ingram said. “The decision was especially tough after four consecutive playoff appearances and an 8-2 regular season. The reason is 100 percent about family and time.”
Ingram, who was previously Northside’s offensive coordinator, took over as head coach in 2013. After a two-win debut that year, the Patriots won four games in 2014 and made the playoffs for the first time since 2009. In the next three seasons, Northside went 20-9 and made the playoffs all three years.
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Ingram’s last season at the helm proved to be Northside’s most successful. The Patriots won eight games — their highest win total since 2005 — and finished third in Region 1-4A. Northside’s season came to a close in the first round of the Class 4A playoffs, when the Patriots lost to West Laurens 14-7.
In total, Ingram posted a 26-27 record in his tenure as Patriots head coach.
Prior to coming to Northside as offensive coordinator, Ingram spent two seasons as Hardaway’s head coach. He went 10-10 in his time with the Hawks, leaving him a career head-coaching record of 36-37.
Ingram said that according to Northside High School principal Martin Richburg, the job will be posted Wednesday and will run for at least 10 days. Ingram said he will be involved in hiring his replacement.
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