GREENEVILLE, Tenn. (WJHL) – After leading the Greeneville Greene Devils to another state championship last season, Greeneville head football coach Caine Ballard has announced his resignation.
Ballard announced his decision to his team and school staff members Thursday.
His resignation is effective immediately.
Coach Ballard will remain at GHS as a teacher and assistant athletic director.
Greeneville City Schools Director Steve Starnes says the search for a new coach will begin immediately.
The coach issued the following statement regarding his resignation:
Change is always hard!
Twenty years ago, when I joined the GHS family, I had no idea the impact a game called “football” would make on a man’s life. An assistant football coach for many years, then a 34-year-old first-time head coach, with a few sprigs of hair left, I remember the unsurmountable pressure I felt to win! I knew this community, the players and school deserved nothing less. Through the relationships I’ve developed with players, coaches and our community throughout the years I was able to discover my life’s purpose of being a football coach. Thank you to our administration, school board and principals for believing in me and giving me the opportunity to lead the Greene Devil Football Program for so many years.
This program is in great hands and has a bright future with all the returning coaches and players. Winning is the Greene Devil culture! The foundations are strong, built around great people with passionate purpose and everlasting relationships. These coaches work countless hours to ensure the best for our Greene Devils. I am so honored to call each one of them my friend!
Our lives are made up of moments. Moments make up days, months and years. Winning 30 games in row, 4 State Championships, 12 Conference Championships and setting State records are all memorable and never forgettable feats. But, the unforgettable moments are not measured in trophies, rings or scorebooks to me. The unforgettable moments are etched in my heart forever for my players! To see young boys grow up to be men and serve their families, communities, jobs and country, those are my most cherished moments! Young men, you have made me proud. Thank you for allowing me to share each of your journeys! Keep making this world a better place!
Who would have thought the game of football could cause so many people to find their purpose; learning to serve others and in turn making the world a little better than we found it! The last 20 years of teaching and coaching at Greeneville High School has taught me with focus, leadership, effort and above all else THE LOVE FOR ONE ANOTHER- that TOGETHER we can accomplish anything giving all the glory to GOD!
This is not goodbye! I look forward to seeing you in my classroom at GHS, on my farm or around town!
Your Coach Always, GO DEVILS