2019-01-10 / Front Page

Alligood resigns as coach, says he has no offers yet

W-W Tiger Head Coach Chad Alligood resigned his position last week leaving a vacancy at the top of the Washington-Wilkes Athletic Department. W-W Tiger Head Coach Chad Alligood resigned his position last week leaving a vacancy at the top of the Washington-Wilkes Athletic Department. After just two years as athletic director and head football coach for the Washington-Wilkes Tigers, Chad Alligood has chosen to resign from his position even though he has no other job in line. Stating basically that his work and plans have reached their limits in this community, Alligood believes that local attitudes and policies have been preventing him from moving forward with the athletic program.

At the time of his resignation last Thursday morning, January 2, Alligood had not applied for any other job nor did he have any offers. However, there had been unfounded rumors that he was leaving to be head coach at Elbert County. There was no truth in that. He had never been in contact with anyone about a job there.

“I have never spoken to anyone at Elbert County about a football job,” he said. “Those rumors ran rampant and I think that’s part of the reason some people flipped against me. They believed things that are not true.”

He said that he was still without a job offer as of Monday morning even though he did have some phone calls after the announcement of his resignation. “But right now I am just going on faith that the Good Lord is going to lead me in right direction,” he said.

“We are really sorry to hear that he’s going and that it didn’t work out for him,” Wilkes County School Superintendent Dr. Rosemary Caddell said. “He’s done a great job with our kids. Small towns are tough, especially when it comes to football,” she added.

Alligood’s short stay here follows a pattern set in recent, and even notso recent years. In the past 10 years, the Tigers have moved through five head football coaches. Following Russell Morgan, who had the job for six years from 2003-2008, Lee Hutto, Robby Robinson, Jacob Kelley, and Alligood all had short stints. Before Morgan, Ross New (one year) and Frank Vohun (four years) were also short-lived after Butch Brooks’ impressive 17-year run.

In his first year at W-W, Alligood led the Tigers to the second round of the state playoffs with a 7-5 record. This year, at 3-7, the Tigers posted their worst record in 38 years (1980 was 2-8) and for the first time since 1997 did not advance to a single playoff game.

But looking at the short tenures of recent coaches at W-W, Alligood said he sees a constant theme. “Washington likes where Washington’s at, and change is not something that people like to talk about,” he said. “When I’m wanting to talk about change, everybody thinks it’s negative about Washington when I’m just wanting to upgrade or update or change things for their best fit for the program. Some people take that as negative but it’s not.”

Though he expressed a great deal of frustration, Alligood said he hopes to have laid some groundwork and that the next coach is the best man for the job. “I wish for nothing but the best and I hope that some of the discussions that have been started by me, facility-wise, can carry on. It’s a big thing.” Those discussions involved renovations and upgrades to the facilities at Tiger Stadium, some of which are unchanged since the 1970s.

“I have really enjoyed my two years here and I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world,” Alligood continued. “I have met some great people and I have become a better person. I hope Washington goes undefeated next year and wins it all.”

Alligood’s frustration with his job stemmed from the fact that he “really felt like some people in the community had influenced some of the kids to believe things that are not true, and influenced their attitudes toward me and toward my coaches and program in a negative way because they believed the false narratives. That’s a part of this community that I never understood.”

He added that, “There are a lot of good people here and it’s just a small fraction of the community that will not let this place move forward, and it’s a shame. That small fraction wants things the way they are and that’s all they are going to be satisfied with. And they are going to try to tear down everybody who wants to change things for the positive.”

Alligood’s farewell letter is reprinted below.

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