November 24, 2003
Albany- The search will soon begin for a new head football coach at Dougherty High after Cleatus Hopkins handed in his resignation on Friday.
Cleatus Hopkins did not want to discuss the reason for his stepping down today but Dougherty High principal Horace Reid says Hopkins resigned on his own after four seasons.
Reid says he met with Hopkins last Monday and again on Friday.
Reid says Hopkins felt it was best to give someone else a chance to try to lead the Dougherty program that has had just one winning season since their AAA state title season in 1998.
Dougherty was 2-8 this year and 0-5 in region 1-AAAA. Overall, Hopkins had a 17-24 record at Dougherty.
Cleatus Hopkins worked all 11 seasons on the late John Reynolds staff and was the Dougherty's offensive coordinator for five years including the 1998 state championship season.
After playing four seasons at AAAA level, Dougherty will move back to AAA next year.
Horace Reid says the head coaching position at Dougherty will not be advertised until the state high school football playoffs are over but Reid hopes that a new head coach will be hired before spring practice in February.
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