Powell High School will have a new head football coach next season after Rodney Ellison resigned on Monday.
While Ellison posted an 8-23 record in three seasons with the Panthers, the program’s 5-5 mark in 2017 was its best since 2013.
“I want to thank everyone that supported the Panther football program the past 3 years,” Ellison wrote on Twitter Monday. “It is a great place to coach & I was blessed to have been a part of the program! Those kids are about to do great things!”
Ellison was hired in 2015 to bring to stability to the program. He replaced John Allen, who coached eight games before resigning during the 2014 season after allegations surfaced that he unnecessarily played an injured player. The allegations were later ruled “unsubstantiated” by the Department of Children’s Services.
Ellison added another tweet, thanking his former players.
“I also want to thank every young man that came through this program the past 3 years & worked their tails off for myself & the rest of the coaches! Thank you for the memories that you have given me! I love each one of you!”
The news of Ellison’s resignation appeared to come as a surprise to the Powell football team.’
“I don’t know what’s going on none of us do but I’ll let you know this it’s never going to be the same without you on the field with me and my brothers this is emotional,” said offensive lineman Alvin Stacy on Twitter.
Ellison could not be reached for comment.
Powell has a 26-39 overall record in the last six seasons, making one playoff appearance during a 12-2 campaign in 2012.