One of the most well-respected and feared football programs in the South is officially in the market for a new head football coach.
Byrnes officially accepted the resignation of the 2016 head football coach Brian Lane, who just finished his third season at Byrnes. As reported by the Spartanburg Herald-Journal, he posted a 27-11 record, including 3-7 overall and 1-3 in Region III-5A this year, his first losing seasons as a head coach at his alma mater. The 3-7 mark kept the team from the state playoffs for the first time since 1998.
“In ten years as a head coach, my record is 88-40,” Lane said in a statement. “I love God, I love my players, I love Byrnes High School. In life change is inevitable. I didn’t get things done this year on the football field so after meeting with administration and discussing different directions for our football program, I will be stepping down as Byrnes High football coach at the end of the school year. Thanks for allowing me to be your coach for three years. God Bless.”
Byrnes officials insisted that Lane’s decision to leave was purely the coach’s alone, underlining that they were comfortable with the coach even after a 3-7 season. Despite the team’s struggles, the Rebels did knocked off archrival Greer early in the season in a 45-7 rout.
Spartanburg School District 5 officials announced that a comprehensive search for a new Byrnes head football coach was underway, though no immediate timeframe has been developed for when the next coach may be in place.