Godwin resigns as football coach at Buchholz


Published: Wednesday, December 1, 2010 at 2:23 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, December 1, 2010 at 2:23 p.m.

For the past 14 seasons, the Buchholz football program has been guided by the same man.

But the Bobcats will undergo a change for 2011 as Jay Godwin stepped down as Buchholz's football coach on Wednesday.

"Effective immediately, and with support from Principal Vince Perez, I am retiring from my assignment as Head Football Coach at Buchholz H.S.," said Godwin in a released statement. "I have no regrets. The past fourteen seasons as Head Coach have provided many wonderful memories.

"Buchholz has a proud winning tradition, and will continue to be so. It is never easy to say goodbye, but it is time for a change."

During Godwin's time, he has posted a 87-64 record and has guided the Bobcats to the Class 5A regional playoffs in 10 of his 14 seasons. The Bobcats have gone a combined 5-14 in the last two seasons. His best year came in 2001 as the Bobcats were undefeated in the regular season, advanced to the Class 5A, Region 1 finals and ended with a 12-1 mark.

"We haven't gotten it done from a win perspective, and it is something that have I been mulling over the last few years," Godwin said. "I thought we could get this back on track and for whatever reason it hasn't happened under my leadership. The bottom line is that the buck stops here."

Godwin, who earned Class 5A coach of the year honors in 2001, is currently a dean at Buchholz and said he intends to remain at the school. But the veteran coach, who was an assistant at Bradford when the Tornadoes reached the FHSAA Class 3A state title game in 1985 and on the staff of Buchholz's 1990 Class 4A state championship team, has not ruled out a return to coaching.

"It is possible that I will return to coaching," Godwin said. "I am going to take a brief hiatus to determine where my next career move will end up being. The two options are coaching or school administration."

Godwin was also the defensive coordinator at Santa Fe when the Raiders won the 1994 Class 4A state title and has coached boys basketball at Buchholz, Bradford and Santa Fe over the years.

"The time away is the key for me and more than likely I will know after the Christmas holiday where I need to be going," Godwin said. "I have just been incredibly blessed, coaching some great kids and great athletes."

Perez said that they will be conducting an open interview process to find Buchholz's next football coach. The search will begin immediately with the plan being to have a new coach in place before spring practice.

"Coach Jay Godwin has been a positive role model for countless young men in the Bobcat program," Perez said in a released statement. "I am very proud of his leadership, character, and contributions to help develop athletes into outstanding young men.

"I respect his decision to step down as head coach and am grateful for his dedication to Buchholz."

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