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Portageville's Swims resigns as head coach

Thursday, November 30, 2006

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Portageville's head coach Ashley Swims (right) tendered his resignation after three years at the helm.
PORTAGEVILLE - After three years at the helm of the Portageville Bulldogs football program, coach Ashley Swims has tendered his resignation to the Portageville Board of Education.

"The reason for my decision is simple," said Swims, "the program hasn't been successful in the past three years and the blame has to fall on me. I mean I can't blame anybody else for our failure as a football team. It falls squarely on my shoulders and I take full responsibility. I also believe the school wanted to go in a different direction and that is understandable."

Swims posted an 8-21 record in three years as head coach of the Bulldogs. Swims' best season was his first in 2004 when Portageville went 5-5.

The last two years have been difficult for the Bulldogs with low turnout for the team and several key injuries. Portageville went 3-7 in 2005 and this year the Bulldogs were winless in nine games.

Portageville's efforts were severely hurt when starting quarterback Trey Mosby was injured before the start of the season and never played a down for the Bulldogs.

Besides his head coaching duties, Swims is a social studies teacher and as of right now has no plans of leaving Portageville.

"I am not looking for anything right now," said Swims, "but I am keeping my options open. I don't know if I will stay or not, but I expect to stay and teach next year at Portageville. If an assistant coach position is open and they want me here, I would have no problem doing that role."

What is next step for the football program at Portageville? High school principal Jason Aycock believes a combination of tradition and talent awaits the next coach.

"We have been down lately but we have a good tradition here at Portageville and we hope to attract some good applicants" said Aycock. "We don't have anybody in mind for the position, but it is an open position. We do however want to hopefully get a veteran coach, one with prior varsity experience. We don't want to hire a first-time coach.

"We feel that Portageville is a good place for a veteran coach because we've got a good core of talented athletes that will make it exciting down the road."

Portageville last won a district title in 2002 under long-time head coach Jim McKay who retired in 2004.

According to Aycock, Portageville would like to find a new head coach as soon as possible.

"We would like to fill the position early," said Aycock. "The kids need to know who their coach is going to be. We are looking to fill the position by January or February at the latest."