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Andrew Jenkins steps down as Midland Valley football coach

November 14, 2018

Andrew Jenkins stepped down as the Midland Valley football head coach on Tuesday after three seasons leading the team.

Jenkins’ resignation is effective immediately. He will continue to serve as a teacher at Midland Valley through the remainder of the 2018-19 school year.

“This is a move that’s in the best interest of my family. We prayed about it and talked about it. I talked to Mr. (Midland Valley Principal Carl) White, and this is something we felt like we needed to do,” Jenkins said. “I just really felt like it was the best timing for Midland Valley.”

Jenkins had a 4-27 record in his three seasons with the team and made a playoff appearance in 2017.

Jenkins has been coaching for a decade after finishing his playing career at Presbyterian College. He was an offensive line coach at his alma mater Belton-Honea Path. In 2010, he was hired as the offensive coordinator at Seneca, where he coached until 2016 when he took the job as Midland Valley’s head coach following Rick Knight’s retirement.

Jenkins is still looking to stay in coaching. He said he is most proud off the amount of players where he got to see continue their playing careers in college.

“I’m really appreciative of Mr. White’s support,” Jenkins said. “He gave me a great opportunity. I’ve loved coaching these kids. It just felt like this was the right time.”

Part of Jenkins’ decision was the fact he and his family would like to be closer to relatives.

“We certainly appreciate all Coach Jenkins has done for us during his time at Midland Valley High School,” White said in a press release. “As a coach, he always had the best interests of our students at heart and he did a great job. We wish Coach Jenkins nothing but the best.”

The release added that the community would have a chance to provide input on characteristics they would like to see in the football program’s future leader.

“We look forward to the participation of our community in the selection of the next leader of our varsity football program at Midland Valley High School,” said White.