High School Sports

Jordan head football coach resigns

When the Jordan Red Jackets open the 2008 high school football season against Northside on Aug. 29, it will be with its third head coach in as many years.

Tony Graziano, who would have been in his second year at Jordan, resigned Monday according to Jordan principal Richard Stone. The Red Jackets had a 1-9 record in his only season as head coach.

Stone gave no specific reason for the resignation. Jordan was in only its second full week of practices for the 2008 season.

The principal said Graziano, who had been the defensive coordinator at Shaw High School prior to taking over the Jordan program, his first head coaching job, had admitted the team had practiced in pads before the allowable period.

But Stone said that was not the reason the 50-year-old coach had resigned, but did not elaborate further. The school reported the rules infraction to the Georgia High School Association.

Gerald Turner, the longtime basketball coach at Jordan, will be the interim head coach.

Repeated phone calls to Graziano were not immediately returned.