EMORY, Va. — Emory & Henry College football coach Don Montgomery has resigned, athletic director Myra Sims announced Monday.
Montgomery, who cited personal reasons for his decision, helmed the Wasps’ program for the past nine years, compiling a 45-45 record.
“It has been a great nine years. The toughest part is leaving the players, but I wish them the best of luck in the future,” Montgomery said in a statement from the college. “I am resigning for personal reasons and will more than likely return to Ohio to be closer to my children and grandchildren. I feel that this decision is fitting at this point in my career.”
During his tenure, 24 players were named to the All-Old Dominion Athletic Conference first team, including Marshall Doss, Caleb Jennings and Devan Sproles, each of whom was named the league’s player of the year.
“Emory & Henry was fortunate to have a man like Don Montgomery at the helm of the football program over these last nine years. I have tremendous respect for his work ethic and for his dedication to coaching and to the sport of football,” Sims said. “Coach Montgomery is a leader who has displayed great loyalty to the student-athletes on his teams as he truly cares about helping them to develop into men of character and class. I know that he has made a difference in the lives of many young men. I wish Coach Montgomery the best of luck as he moves into the next phase of his life and career.”
A nationwide search for the new Wasps coach is under way. Associate head coach Rob Grande will serve as acting head coach during the interim.