By Brandon Speck/NEMS Daily Journal
ABERDEEN – After five seasons and two Class 3A North championships, Aberdeen football coach Chris Duncan has resigned.
Duncan, 37, led the Bulldogs to the 2009 and 2010 state championship games. He took over a program that went 1-19 in the two prior years and compiled a 54-18 record, 22-5 in Division 2-3A.
“We have great kids and good athletes and that makes coaching easier,” Duncan said. “But I can give you one reason or 100. For me personally, my kids, church work, we don’t have many coaches here and we don’t have much support from the higher ups. There are several reasons.”
He has two sons and a daughter, ages 5 and under, and is also a full-time preacher. When he took over from Jack Hankins, it was a one-year deal until a permanent replacement could be found.
Five seasons later, six of his former players are playing Division I football – Tevin Blanchard at Florida International, Jamerson Love at Mississippi State, Erik Buchanan at Nicholls State, Decedrick Quinn at Alabama State and Channing Ward headed to Ole Miss in the fall to join his older brother, Taurus.
Six Bulldogs signed scholarships from the 2009 team.
Duncan, who has 15 years in the business, emphasized his regret at leaving the current players and told them of the decision last Friday. He isn’t ruling out getting back into coaching.
He will not coach the team in spring practices but will finish the semester at the school. He leaves a pool of talent, including senior linebacker Justin Lucas, who is being recruited by Mississippi State and Ole Miss, and 11 starters on offense.
Aberdeen went 7-6 last season, the team’s lowest win total in the five years, and lost at eventual state champion Charleston in the second round of the playoffs.
“I think anything less than going back to Jackson will be a disappointment,” he said. “The bar is high. Everything is in place to make a run.”