It was the toughest decision in Billy Barnhart's coaching career that has spanned nearly 20 years.
Barnhart has resigned as head football coach at Whitwell after three seasons.
"It was the toughest decision I've ever had to make on my career," Barnhart said.
"But I really feel for the sake of the program that I need to step back and let someone else get their hands on the program, right now the kids deserve more and that falls on me."
Despite Barnhart's 7-23 record over three years, the Tigers had turned a corner this season going 5-5 and barely missing the Class 2A playoffs.
"I have always prided myself and leaving a place better then I found it and I've done that here, I think they are destined for breakout year with another coach," Barnhart said. "The kids work hard and I think the next coach could be setting on a gold mine."
The last winning season for the Tigers came in 2003 while the last playoff appearance came in 2007.
Currently there are open jobs at Whitwell, Middle Tennessee Christian, Clay County, Bolivar, Fairley, Clarksville Northwest, Ezell Harding, Red Bank, Bearden, Carter, Perry County, Powell, Monterey, Clarksville, Halls, Unicoi County, Nashville Overton, Marion County, Kirby, Chattanooga Central, Jackson Christian, Knoxville Central and Richland as schools currently looking for a head coach.
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