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Gregory leaves big coaching shoes to fill

ERIC WALKER/Mayfield Messenger

Eagles head coach Lance Gregory gives some direction during preseason practice while holding down Graves County’s offensive line coaching job this season.

Gregory leaves big coaching shoes to fill

Nov 28, 2018

Gregory leaves big coaching shoes to fill

ERIC WALKER/Mayfield Messenger

Eagles head coach Lance Gregory gives some direction during preseason practice while holding down Graves County’s offensive line coaching job this season.

MAYFIELD -- Count me as one who was surprised when I heard that Lance Gregory was resigning as Graves County's head football coach.

As he stated when I contacted him Monday, he loves the school system and certainly the football program. But it was time for him to make a change, not only for him and his family but for the program, too.

I get it. Doesn't mean I like it, but I get it.

I have never been in a coaching position before (except for a one-game Upward Basketball stint where the team had already turned the ball over and was on the other end of the court before I could call a play), but from the outside looking in, it's a tough row to hoe.

Gregory was a new face for me when I came back as sports editor -- likely one of the first I met in 2016 as I had to get started on the football section for that season. He gave me a run-down on the prior season, Ryan Mathis was returning as a sophomore QB, and all the prospects that were ahead for the Eagles.

He was always accommodating to my questions, as well as requests to pull players from lifting and adjusting scheduled interview times. This year even involved Saturday morning calls to talk about a previous night's game -- win or lose -- which he handled with professionalism.

Gregory had taken on a new role during this past season as the in-school detention coordinator and athletic director at Graves County Middle School. And I'm sure those jobs are plenty time-consuming, alone.

I'm also sure that Friday nights will still find Gregory at Eagles Stadium or sitting on some bleacher between here and Leitchfield -- welcome to the 5A First District, Grayson County! -- and that he can hopefully enjoy more time with his family and enjoy their successes and activities as they have been a part of witnessing his on the Eagles' sideline.

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