Thursday, November 18, 2010
MA’s Wicker resigns
By BARRY BURLESON
Keith Wicker, head football coach at Marshall Academy, has resigned effective at the end of the school year due to health reasons.
He has been at MA five years, four as head coach. In those four years the Patriots went 36-12. They made the state playoffs each of those seasons.
“My four years at Marshall have been remarkable – beyond my expectations,” Wicker said. “Everything has been positive. The kids and the parents are outstanding. It has been great.”
In 2007, his first year at the helm of the Marshall football program, the Pats lost in the state championship game and finished 12-2. It was only the second berth in the state title contest in the school’s history.
The Patriots were eliminated in round one in 2008 and finished 6-5, in round two in 2009 and finished 10-2, and in round one this season and finished 8-3.
Wicker met with his team Wednesday of last week to break the news. He called it “somber.”
“It shocked them,” he said. “It was hard. I wanted to tell them before the news started trickling out. I had to tell the boys first.
“When I stepped in four years ago to lead this program, I didn’t ask them to like me. The first thing was to earn their respect. The liking would come along later. I think we accomplished that.”
Wicker said he believes he has laid the foundation for more success.
“I hope the good things keep happening,” he said. “We have a good group of kids coming back next season.”
He has been coaching 29 years – 16 of those at Centreville Academy as an assistant. He was also head coach at Prentiss Christian from 1996 to 2000.
“I’m retiring, and now I’m going to do what I want to do,” Wicker said.
Jane Hubbard, headmaster at Marshall Academy, called it a “sad day” when Coach Wicker told her he was resigning.
“We have grown to love Coach Wicker so much and know next year will be tough without him.,” she said. “We do, however, want what is best for him, and his health is definitely most important.”
She said she will be meeting with coach Susan Rodgers, athletic director at MA, and other coaches to develop a plan for finding a replacement.
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