VARNELL — Caleb Bagley has stepped down as the head football coach at Coahulla Creek High School.
Bagley led the Colts for the past three seasons, finishing with a record of 3-27. The team finished 2-8 this past season with wins over Ringgold and Southeast Whitfield.
"It was 100% my decision," Bagley said Thursday. "I spent some time thinking and processing after the season ended and I realized I have three small kids at home. I need to step back and be able to be there for them and for my wife.
"I made it clear that it's only fair to the school and the kids to be 1000% in, but it's been a great three years. We've had a lot of fun, and I think we've done some really great things."
Coahulla Creek Principal Tracy Mardis said the search to fill the position will begin immediately.
"We feel like we've got a great coaching staff," Mardis said. "We haven't exactly figured out what will happen yet, but we definitely want to get it filled."
Bagley will finish the year at Coahulla Creek as a physical education and weight training teacher. After that, he said he has not decided his next move.
Coahulla Creek was Bagley's first head coaching job. He graduated from Murray County in 2004 where he played offensive lineman under Bill Napier before moving on to play at Faulkner University in Montgomery, Alabama.
He began his coaching career at Southeast Whitfield in 2009 as the offensive line coach. He also coached as an assistant at Northwest Whitfield, Gilmer and North Murray before taking over at Coahulla Creek in 2017.
"I want to be an assistant coach somewhere because coaching is what I'm supposed to do," Bagley said. "I've been talking to a few people, but I'll take my time to decide what's best for me and my family. I'm sure something will shake out."
Bagley said he'll take a multitude of memories with him from Coahulla Creek.
"Not one thing sticks out, but I loved watching the kids develop and grow up," he said. "That's been really rewarding."
Mardis expressed his gratitude for Bagley's work, as well.
"The program is in a lot better shape than it was when he got here," Mardis said. "He has great leadership ability and loves our kids. I hate to see him go, and we will be wishing him the best."
Bagley is the second head football coach in Whitfield County to step down after the 2019 season ended. Sean Gray, who coached Southeast Whitfield High School for eight years, stepped down last month to spend more time with his family.