Hill submits letter of resignationPublished 2:42pm Monday, March 31, 2014
Greenville High School head football coach Earnest Hill has submitted a letter of resignation to the Butler County Board of Education, Superintendent Amy Bryan confirmed Monday.
“It will go before the board for acceptance at the April 15 regular called meeting,” Bryan said.
Hill said he tendered his resignation after learning he would not be the team’s coach next season.
“I talked to the new superintendent and was told that if she became the superintendent I would not be the coach,” Hill said. “I was told I could stay on with the school system and if an assistant principal’s job came up, I could apply for that, but I told her that I didn’t come here to be an assistant principal. I came to be the head football coach.”
Hill said he decided to go ahead and step down to allow the school system to bring in a head coach to run Greenville’s spring practice.
“They wanted me to stay until May, but that wouldn’t be fair to those kids,” Hill said. “(The school system) needed to go ahead and get someone in here that’s going to be here next year to work with these kids so they don’t have to start all over in the fall.”
Hill said he began work at Class 6A Walker High School in Jasper, Ala., on Monday. He will serve as assistant head coach and defensive coordinator.
“In this profession when you get a chance at another job you better take it,” Hill said. “I told (the administration) I wanted at least one more year (at Greenville). I felt like I’d done a good job and the kids were doing what they were supposed to do. We didn’t win as many games last year as we maybe should have, but the wins were coming. I felt like we were doing good things, and I’d have liked to have had the chance to stay and work with those boys, but Amy and Mr. (Joseph) Dean wanted to go in a different direction. That’s just part of the business.”
Hill, a graduate of Valley High School and the University of West Alabama, was the head coach of the Tigers for three seasons. During that time he led Greenville to a 19-15 record. In 2011, Greenville was 11-1 under Hill’s direction.
In his first two seasons at the helm of the program he led the Tigers to the second round of the playoffs.
Greenville missed the postseason in 2013 after finishing 2-8. The Tigers were forced to forfeit three games after self-reporting to the Alabama High School Athletic Association that an academically ineligible student played in the three wins.
Hill first came to Greenville in 2006 as the defensive coordinator on Bryant Vincent’s staff. Hill then followed Vincent to Spanish Fort High School where he helped guide the Toros to a Class 5A state championship in 2010.
Hill also previously served as the defensive coordinator at Handley High School.