Josh Eads is one and done as Richmond Hill High School football coach.
The first-year head coach resigned Dec. 11, according to a news release from RHHS Athletic Director Mickey Bayens.
“The RHHS family greatly appreciates his dedication to the program and wishes him the best in his future coaching endeavors,” Bayens said. “The search for the next head football coach will begin immediately.”
Eads did not return an email message Monday asking for comment. He went 2-8 in his only season as the Wildcats’ head coach after being hired in April to replace Lyman Guy, who left to take the football coach’s job in Toombs County.
Guy led the Wildcats to the program’s first 10-win season in its history and playoff appearances in 2012 and 2013. He was 28-15 in four seasons in Richmond Hill — no small feat at a school with an overall record of 93-186-2 since 1986, according to the Georgia High School Football Historian’s Association.
But Eads was unable to keep the momentum going at RHHS, perhaps in part due to the Wildcats’ loss of quarterback Nick Fitzgerald, the Region 3-AAAAA player of the year in 2013 and the program’s first player to sign with a Southeastern Conference school. Fitzgerald now is at Mississippi State.
Fitzgerald’s graduation marked the second time in two seasons the Wildcats lost a star quarterback moving on to the next level. In 2012, Dominique Allen signed with Air Force and now is at The Citadel.
In addition, the Georgia High School Association realigned Region 3-AAAAA for 2014-15 and 2015-16 and added programs such as Coffee, Brunswick and Statesboro, which turned 3-AAAAA from arguably the weakest football region in the state to one of the strongest.
It’s unclear when RHHS will have a new coach. Nearly 40 coaches from several states applied for the job when Guy departed.
But Guy’s pending departure prompted discussions over supplements paid to coaches and other teachers working in extracurricular activities such as band, and he didn’t mince words when talking about his decision to go to Toombs County, where he finished 2-8 in his first season.
“Toombs was closer to home and it was a significant pay raise,” said Guy, who made $74,000 in 2013.
Not long after Guy left, the Bryan County Board of Education began discussions on raises for coaches, non-teaching workers and others. Eads was paid a supplement of $17,000.