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Rosepine's Johnny Cryer resigns as head football coach

Published: Jul. 18, 2018 at 6:19 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 18, 2018 at 8:57 PM CDT
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ROSEPINE, LA (KPLC) - Rosepine High School's Johnny Cryer resigned as head coach of the Eagles Wednesday and accepted an assistant coaching job with Many High School.

Cryer returned to the sidelines of Rosepine in 2017 after four years with rival Pickering High School. It was his fourth stint as head coach of the Eagles.

Cryer thought Rosepine would be the last stop in his coaching career.

"It was a big decision and I have been kind of contemplating for about a week," said Cryer. "The ultimate decision was that my wife and I bought a home on Toledo Bend. It's kind of a retirement home and it was an hour and ten minutes to Rosepine versus 25 minutes to Many. That made the decision a little bit easier."

Rosepine had a resurgence this past season despite claiming a 20-game losing streak dating back to 2015. Cryer led the Eagles to an undefeated district record and a playoff victory.

Cryer said he was excited about the upcoming season, but felt the time to leave was now despite fall camp starting in two weeks.

"I apologize to the administration, the coaches and the players because I know it's late, but to me, you have to look out for what's best for yourself," said Cryer. "Rosepine has great coaches and I think they have coaches on staff that the kids know well and can step in and continue what we did last year."

The Rosepine administration wasted little time in naming a new head coach, landing on offensive coordinator Brad Ducote according to the school's Twitter account.

"There are coaches that have been there for 15 to 20 years and they know what the community is about and the community knows them," said Cryer. "I think they will be in great shape."

Cryer said the toughest part of leaving the job was telling his players.

"It just breaks my heart. I sent a text out to the kids today and wished them good luck to continue what we had rolling last year. I left some good things and I will be there biggest fan next year and hopefully, they'll carry it out," Cryer said. "It's such a great community that has been very good to me for 16 years on four different occasions. I am going to miss the community tremendously."

The Eagles return a bulk of its talent from this past season and was ranked as our seventh-best team before Cryer's resignation.

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