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Gaston football coach Averett resigns


Gaston head football coach Josh Averett resigned Friday after three years with the program. (Photo by Nick Johnston | Gadsden Times | File)


The Gaston Bulldogs will be searching for a new head football coach.

Josh Averett submitted his resignation Friday after three years with the program. He said his resignation will be made official at today’s Etowah County Board of Education meeting.

Averett went 11-20 in his three seasons with Gaston, including an 0-10 campaign in 2012.

The struggles in 2012, coupled with the drive each day from his home in Odenville, played big parts in his decision to step down.

“There’s a lot of reasons,” Averett said. “Get back a little closer to home, maybe, the drive is kind of wearing on me. The way the season went, some of the things that went down. ... I thought it was time.”

Averett lost several players who either transferred or quit the team during the offseason. He also had to deal with multiple injuries and the suspension of his starting quarterback early in the season.

Adding to the perfect storm for a tough season was Gaston’s move from Class 1A to 2A.

Averett took full responsibility for the struggles, though.

“The move to 2A wasn’t how I wanted it to be,” he said. “I guess I wasn’t getting enough out of them that I needed to. If I can’t get the job done, I don’t want to stay around and hurt the program.”

Averett landed the Gaston job in 2010 after Swane Morris, who had been with the program for nine years, was hired by Scottsboro.

In his first season as a head coach, Averett led the Bulldogs to a 5-6 season and a playoff appearance. In 2011, the Bulldogs went 6-4 and made their 10th straight trip to the postseason.

But in 2012, Gaston was outscored by an average of 40-13 and went winless for only the second time in school history, according to the Alabama High School Football Historical Society (ahsfhs.org).

Averett said he still wants to coach.

“I’m just going to look for something back home,” he said. “I’ve had my second little boy since I’ve been up here, so I got a 4-year old and a 1-year old at home, so it’s been a little bit more stress and pressure on my wife. If I can do anything to help that out. ... like I said, there’s a lot of things going into (this decision).”