Mike Propst said Wednesday morning he resigned as head football coach at York Comprehensive High School after just one season.
"I resigned after talking with the administration about our season," Propst said. "I felt it was the right thing to do. I want to stay in coaching, but at this point I have no plans. I'll have to see what's out there.
"I enjoyed being a part of this community and the opportunity to work with the kids. I'm keeping my options open whether it's a head coach or assistant coach job. But wherever that may be, it's going to have to be the right situation.''
Propst was hired after John Barrett stepped down at the end of last season. Propst inherited a young team that had gone 10-24 the three previous years, and he played mostly underclassman this season.
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"I guess you could say we are throwing them to the wolves," he said in August during a preseason practice. "But to rebuild a program you have to put your best talent on the field. I've never been one to keep sophomores on the varsity and not play them."
The Cougars ended the season with a 3-7 record and just missed making the Class AAA playoffs
"York School District One is appreciative of Coach Propst's time and efforts in working with students and coaching staff during his time in the district," the York school district said in a statement. "The district wishes him success in his future endeavors."
On the final night of the regular season, Nation Ford missed an extra point at the end of its game against rival Fort Mill and lost 35-34.
If Nation Ford had tied the game and had gone on to win, there would have been a three-way tie for Region 4-AAA's final spot. York would have made the playoffs on the tiebreaker because it allowed the least points to the other two teams (Fort Mill and Nation Ford).
Propst said he came to York to rebuild the program and was excited about the job because the students were moving into a new school. He was impressed with the new 6,500-seat football stadium, which features locker rooms on each end and a turf field paid for by the Carolina Panthers.
He spent the past eight years as coach at R.J. Reynolds High School in Winston-Salem, N.C. Propst also was head coach at Keenan in Columbia and at Watauga High in Boone, N.C.