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Augusta Christian football coach steps down

Posted: November 8, 2017 - 2:57am
Augusta Christian football coach Keith Walton will step down.
Augusta Christian football coach Keith Walton will step down.

Keith Walton said he's excited about the direction of the Augusta Christian football team.

Don't let the 2-8 record fool you. This season's squad was loaded with freshmen and just three seniors. It's a team that reminds him of his 2009 squad that went on to win a state title three years later.

Unfortunately, Walton said last week he didn't have the time needed to give his players. After his father-in-law died last month, Walton has been focusing on family matters off the field. So last week, he decided to step down as the school's head football coach. He will remain on as the middle school principal.

"I can't be in two places at once," Walton said. "So I thought the best thing to do was to step away right now and let somebody else head it up. Eventually, I'll come back and assist again. I have no desire to go anywhere else."

Walton, 45, said the school will take its time hiring his replacement, especially with the public and private school football seasons still active. He said he expects a head coach to be hired within the next few months.

Walton, an Augusta Christian graduate, started helping with the football team in 1992. He remained as the program's main assistant through the years, twice turning down opportunities to lead the Lions before becoming the school's head coach in 2009.

"The opportunity came up twice to be the head coach, but I knew I wasn't ready," he said. "When I finally got to where I was ready, I took it."

His first season, Walton led a young squad loaded with freshman. When those players became seniors, they helped the Lions go 13-0 and win a state championship.

Walton went 33-13 his first four seasons. Since then, his teams combined for 13 wins in five seasons. Augusta Christian went 2-8 this fall, dropping its final five contests.

Three of those losses were by a touchdown, and in all three games the Lions had a touchdown called back because of penalty. Walton said youth was a contributor to those tough losses - Augusta Christian had 14 freshmen. It's those same young players that has him optimistic about the future.

"Whoever is going to be the head coach," Walton said, "the program is a lot healthier than when I took over."

 

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