Ric Whittington

Ric Whittington resigned as head coach at Hamilton County.

JASPER, Fla. — Ric Whittington has resigned as the Hamilton County head football coach, less than a week away from the Kickoff Classic. 

Whittington, hired in March, resigned on Monday, Aug. 13.

HCHS athletic director Mike Cohen said that he will have a meeting tomorrow morning to decide who will coach the team.

David May, an assistant coach at HCHS, has also resigned. He is now an assistant coach at Madison County, Cohen said. 

The Trojans travel to Union County on Friday for their Kickoff Classic game. Hamilton then opens the regular season Aug. 24 at Baldwin.

Prior to taking the Hamilton County job, which was his first head coaching gig, Whittington had been a defensive coordinator the past five years, most recently at Williston High School. Before coaching at WHS, he was the defensive coordinator at Bell High School from 2013 to 2015. 

May also came to HCHS from Williston.

The Trojans were looking for a new head coach after Seth Stebbins stepped down in December following three seasons at the helm. Hamilton County went 9-21 during that time, making the playoffs in 2016.

Whittington declined to comment, but did confirm he has resigned. 

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Mike Jones is a sports writer for the Suwannee Democrat, Jasper News and Mayo Free Press in North Florida.

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