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Greenfield-Central football coach Roger Dodson resigns

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GREENFIELD — A spring filled with Greenfield-Central athletic transition chalked up more turnover Friday when Roger Dodson resigned as head football coach.

Dodson, who is also retiring as a teacher, went 29-57 in eight seasons with the Cougars.

At the same school board meeting Friday in which Dodson’s retirement/resignation was accepted, the Cougars named a new boys basketball coach (Michael Lewis) and new boys soccer coach (Isaac Beal).

Previously, Kevin Horrigan announced his retirement as athletic director effective at the end of the calendar school year and former boys soccer coach Jared Manning was tabbed as his replacement.

Horrigan cited looming statewide changes to teacher/administrator retirement funding as a reason for his departure. Dodson, who went 93-116 in 22 years overall as a head coach, also was forced to consider financial implications, according to G-C assistant athletic director and girls basketball head coach Doug Laker.

“The dang state government, it’s got two of my best friends,” Laker said of Dodson and Horrigan. “But I’m happy for them. I hope they enjoy their retirement. They’re just great guys.

“Whenever I had a tough day, they’re two guys I could go to. Not just about sports, but about life.”

Dodson could not be reached for comment Friday.

Horrigan said that longtime G-C assistant coach Scott Miller would serve as football interim coach until a new hire could be made. The school would like to name a new coach no later than July, Horrigan added.

Dodson’s squad went 2-9 last fall, but in 2010 (7-5) and 2011 (6-5) the Cougars posted their first back-to-back winning seasons since 1974-75.

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