KNOXVILLE (WATE) – West High School head football coach Jeff Harig resigned this afternoon after two seasons with the Rebels.
West went 9-3 in 2015, reaching the 5A state quarterfinal, but couldn’t build on that momentum this fall, losing their final five games after starting the season 4-1. Harig said he felt the losing season took a toll on the relationships the program needed to be successful.
“I have to have strong relationships with my administration, my players, my assistant coaches, my player’s parents and the community members that support West High School,” said Harig. “Over the last six to eight weeks it became apparent to me that those relationships had been fractured, and in some places broken completely. I just felt it was best for West Football that I go ahead and step down and allow someone else to reunite those five areas.”
Harig said he plans to continue teaching at West High School, but said he would like to get back into coaching in the East Tennessee area. He said he hasn’t yet considered if that will be in 2017.
“I have a son that is a sophomore at West and I have another son that is a seventh grader at Bearden Middle School and it is my goal to be their football coach,” said Harig. “My next professional goal and the next professional chapter in my life is to be the best West teacher that can I can be.”