Abby Bray notified Lexington School District 2 officials on Nov. 1 that he would vacate the positions of athletics director and football coach at Brookland-Cayce High, effective June 30, 2011.
“With great thought, and painful deliberation, I have decided that now is the time for me to step aside,” he said in a written statement.
The Bearcats ended Bray’s third season at the helm with a 70-0 loss to Myrtle Beach on Friday in the first round of the Class 3A playoffs.
“I’ve been at it three years, giving it all I had, worked as hard as I could, and it got to a point where I felt like it was time to step down and let someone else have a chance; that’s the politically correct way to explain it,” Bray said Monday.
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Brookland-Cayce compiled a 6-26 record and made two playoff appearances under Bray.
“The challenge was finding ways to get the young men to do the things that we wanted from them,” Bray said. “But the highlight, and what I will take, is the memories that I have with these boys that have grown from boys to men in the time I’ve been with them.”
Bray, a 1975 Brookland-Cayce alumnus, has been a staff member for 21 years as a social studies and history teacher. He was named the football coach and athletics director in 2008, after Brad Coleman resigned the positions following an eight-year tenure that included a 40-46 record and five playoff appearances.
“We are supporting coach Bray and all the good work that he has done for us, and acknowledging that this was a very hard decision for him,” Jim Hinton, of the Lexington District 2 office, said.
Bray will return to the classroom “and support the new coach, absolutely. I will help with the transition any way I can,” he said.
The search for Bray’s replacement has not begun, Hinton said, because football season remains in progress.