Boiling Springs High School football's winningest all-time head coach, Bruce Clark, told school officials late Wednesday afternoon he’s stepping down.
The announcement came just a week-and-a-half before pre-season practice begins.
Clark will remain at the school as a social studies teacher and gives no specific reason for the move. He says he'd like to resume his head coaching career in the future. He's coached since 1978.
Less than one week ago, I interviewed him about the upcoming campaign for his team, in which he talked extensively.
He said Wednesday night that "philosophical differences" with the school's administration led to his decision, which he says he "didn't see coming."
His Bulldogs won 39 games in his five seasons, including a program best 10 wins in 2011 that included a trip to the Big 16 Semi-Finals. His 2008 team produced the school’s first-ever win over rival Spartanburg.
Using an ineligible player in the spring of 2009 led to a ban from the playoffs for an eight-win team that season.
He coached from a wheelchair since then following an error during neck surgery in the summer of 2009.
The district says longtime assistant coach Rick Tate has been named interim head coach for the upcoming season.
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