Graves County High School head football coach Lance Gregory submitted his resignation as coach to the school’s athletic director, Khristain Elliott, Monday, Nov. 26. Gregory will continue as an employee of the Graves County School District in his role as in-school detention coordinator and athletic director at Graves County Middle School. The high school immediately begins the search for his successor.
Gregory came to Graves County in 2009 from John Hardin High School after five years as that school’s defensive coordinator. He led the “Fighting Eagles” football team to three district championships (2012-2014). The Eagles won the regional championship in 2014, appearing in the Class 5A state championship game, losing to Pulaski County 14-7.
Gregory’s overall record as the Eagles’ head coach was 69-49, with a 31-11 record vs. district opponents. The team’s playoff record under his leadership was 8-10. Gregory ends his career as the second winningest coach at Graves County with 69 victories. He was one win shy of tying the school’s first head coach, Jay Buckley, who won 70 games and lost 62 during 12 years. The Eagles’ record this year was 5-6, losing to Grayson County in the first round of the Class 5A playoffs.
“Coach Gregory certainly has left his mark on our football program both on and off the field,” said the school’s athletic director, Khristain Elliott. “He has been a great role model for his players and our students, in our schools, on the field, and throughout the community. Not only did he take the football program to higher levels than it ever had reached before, but he also taught his players far more than just football. He instilled in them qualities including teamwork, leadership, self-discipline, sportsmanship, and conducting themselves as gentlemen and worthy representatives of their school.”
Elliott concluded, “We regretfully accept coach Gregory’s decision and resignation of this position. We sincerely thank him for his tremendous contributions to Graves County High School and its football program and we wish him well in all his endeavors. Clearly, he leaves huge shoes to fill. We immediately will begin a comprehensive search for the best candidate we can find to replace him as Graves County’s head football coach.”