In 2008, Ed Pilcher shocked the Thomas County Central community when he retired as the school’s football coach.
Five years later, the five-time state champion has said good-bye to the Bainbridge faithful.
Pilcher resigned on Thursday as the Bearcats football coach after compiling a 30-23 record. The Bearcats finished 7-4 this past season which ended with a 21-14 loss to Union Grove in the first round of the Class AAAAA playoffs.
“I just thought it would be the best thing for me to do right now,” Pilcher said. “It was just something that’s been on my heart for a while. I prayed about it and just said I probably just need to go ahead and do it. I think it was best for Bainbridge and me.
“I would still like to coach but I understand that opportunity may not be available. If it’s (not), at least I could retire. I still have a passion for coaching. We’ll just wait and see what happens.”
Pilcher’s Bearcats went 6-4 in 2008, followed by a 6-5 mark in 2009, 3-7 in 2010 and 8-3 in 2011.
“I went over there with the intention of being there for five years and seeing if we could make that thing work. It was just tougher than I anticipated trying to make it happen,” Pilcher said. “A lot of it had to do with the economy, we’re losing coaches. When you lose five coaches that you started out with because of the economics, that puts a strain on you a little bit. It was tough. It was nothing we couldn’t handle, it just made it a little bit more difficult.
“That had nothing to do with it really. I just thought it was time to let somebody else try it.”
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