March 27, 2008
Waycross - Ware County head coach Dan Ragle has stunned the Gator nation by announcing he is retiring.
Ragle says his retirement may not be permanent.
He will take at least one year away from coaching.
If he still has the desire and fire to coach, he will look for a head coaching job.
He says that if he still has that desire he will return but if he doesn't he will enjoy the free time.
Ragle knows his decision comes late in the school year but he said it was something he needed to do for himself.
Dan Ragle just finished his ninth season as the Gators head coach where Ware County lost a close game to a heavily favored Northside-Warner Robins team in the AAAA state championship game.
Ragle got his first head coaching job at Baker High in Columbus in 1988.
When that school closed, he moved to Americus where he led the Panthers to a AA state runner=up finish in 1996.
Ragle is recommending Ware County look to his staff to find his replacement.
Defensive oordinator Jimmy Francis and Paul Callahan Ragle says would both make excellent head coaches.