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Rogers resigns

Friday, January 23, 2004

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NMCC athletic director Lennies McFerren, left, presents football coach Steve Rogers with the District championship trophy on Nov. 12.
NEW MADRID -- New Madrid County Central head football coach Steve Rogers resigned on Wednesday, citing personal reasons. Rogers, 51, has been the team's head coach for three years, guiding the Eagles to a 22-13 record with two district championships and one finals appearance.

"It's just a personal matter," said Rogers. "I would like to thank the administration and the board of education for their support the last three years. I was fortunate to have a good coaching staff and a fine group of young men to work with. I wish the program success in the coming years."

In 2001, Rogers was the Class 3 Coach of the Year. That season NMCC reached the state championship game, losing to Platte County, 21-14. At the time, it was the closest any team had come to breaking the Pirates' 28-game winning streak.

NMCC made it back to the state playoffs this season, winning the Class 3 District 1 title. The Eagles lost in the sectional round to eventual state finalist Ste. Genevieve.

Wednesday's resignation was unexpected.

"It was kind of a surprise to all of us," said NMCC athletic director Lennies McFerren. "Steve has proven himself to be one of the best and most respected coaches in the state. We were very fortunate to have him the last few years. He certainly didn't have any pressure from the school (to resign). It was for his own personal reasons."

Rogers will continue to coach the varsity softball team and will still teach physical education at the middle school. He will also coach the middle school's football team.

Rogers' resignation is just the latest in a week-long coaching carousel at the school. Earlier in the week, varsity girls basketball coach Matt Ginther and his assistant Tom Schoemehl were both relieved of their duties mid-season.

The two were replaced by Lance Tollison, director of the Technical Skills Center at the school.

"Already (Tollison) has shown he can do the job," said McFerren. "It's going to take a while. If he is patient enough and gives it a couple of years, I feel he will bring our program back to respectability."