Coaching the Crooksville football team was always a dream of Doug Clifford's.
But the four-year head football coach decided home was more important.
The Crooksville school board accepted Clifford's resignation Tuesday. He had been head coach of the Ceramics since 2000 and spent 21 years at the school.
Clifford decided to retire from coaching and his special education teaching job to spend time with his family. Clifford's says his 18-year-old autistic son, Matt, has wondered off too many times recently.
"My wife has dealt with that for years and years," an emotional Clifford told WHIZ Tuesday. "It's my turn to assume that responsibility."
Clifford says two of his assistants, offensive coordinator Greg Williams and offensive/defensive line coach Chad Ross, have applied for the head coaching position. Crooksville Superintendent Jeff Childers says the school board will look in-house for a replacement first. He expects a new coach to be announced by May 25th.