JCS Head Coach Matt Underwood Steps Down

Justin Walters

JACKSON, Tenn. - Jackson Christian's football head coach Matt Underwood stepped down as the Eagles field general Thursday morning.

His reason for resigning is simple.

"I gave everything I could, every fiber. This year it took a toll on my family. It was my first season as a coach and father," explained Underwood.

During this season, Underwood experienced the difficulties of balancing time as a father and head coach.

Underwood shared the news with his players this morning as well, while hugging each of them and wishing them the best.

Under the helm of Underwood, JCS went 18-25, along with two playoff appearances. It's the record that's not seen that defines Underwood's impact at JCS, explains Jackson Christian principal and athletic director Scott Gatlin.

"He is of the highest character. I can't say enough good about him. I don't look at his record," Gatlin said. "I look at the boys that have graduated and the lives they live."

Underwood said he is at peace with his decision and has nothing, but fond memories on the Eagles sidelines.

"I don't want to look down the road and say I wish I spent more time with my family," Underwood said. "It was one of the greatest honors and privileges to serve as their coach".

A search for a new head coach has not been launched.

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