Currin resigns from Webb after 5 seasons

Jan. 24, 2013 @ 08:09 PM

Brian Currin spent 13 of the last 17 years of his life at J.F. Webb High School, playing and coaching football.

The Oxford native resigned from his post as head football coach last week before breaking the news to his team Tuesday.

Currin will trade his math teaching duties at Webb for a spot in a graduate school accounting program at the University of North Carolina.

He stressed to his team that it wasn’t a football decision.

“It was the right time for me and the right time for my family to do something else,” said Currin.

Currin, formerly a defensive coordinator, has spent the last nine years in the Warrior football program, five as head coach after taking the reigns from John Hammett in 2008.

“There’s nothing like coaching,” said Currin. “People that are in it for the wins and losses are in it for the wrong reason. It’s the relationships.”

“It really is like being a father,” added Currin. “When you leave, it’s like you’re leaving your kids.”

Webb finished 3-8 in 2012 and missed the state playoffs in each of the last two seasons.

“People will look at the losing seasons, but as everybody knows, here in Granville County, we go in cycles,” said Givens. “We have good years and we have bad years.”

Givens said education is still the top priority within Webb athletics and the football team’s graduation rate increased under Currin.

“He’s done a great job,” said Givens. “His assistants speak highly of him. If he decides to get back into it, with his defensive knowledge, I think plenty of people would be interested in hiring him back in some capacity.”

Givens hopes to have a new coach within two and a half weeks. That coach will need a math or social studies teaching background. The job will be posted until Feb. 1.

Givens said he received eight applications for the job before Currin’s resignation was even officially announced.

Currin said he won’t rule out getting back into coaching again and that he’ll be cheering for Webb next season every step of the way.

The 2013 Warrior team should have plenty of experience. Webb had no senior starters in a win over playoff bound Southern Vance this past season and quarterback Corey Evans and running back Tobiah Lewis will each be back.  

“I think the guys coming back are going to be pretty good,” said Currin. “With the right coach and the right amount of work in the offseason, there’s no reason they can’t be conference champion.”

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