Vernon Langley has resigned as head football coach at Glen Oaks High, citing personal reasons.
Langley, who will remain at GOHS as a biology/science teacher, said he submitted his resignation Monday morning.
“There are a lot of different factors that go into this,” Langley said. “Both my son and daughter are getting older and are involved in sports and other activities. And right now, my wife is in nursing school, so we have a lot going on. “My son competes in track, football and basketball, and my daughter is in dance, and I need to be there for them. I’ve told our principal (Prince Gray) I’ll be happy to do anything I can to help. Rebuilding the program here is going to take a lot of time and effort.”
Langley accepted the GOHS job two weeks before the start of fall practice. He inherited a team that had only a handful of players who competed on the varsity level before last fall’s season. The Class 3A Panthers finished 1-8, beating District 6-3A rival Baker 28-14 in the season finale.
It was the second coach stint at the school for Langley, who is also a Glen Oaks graduate. He previously served as head coach in 2007 and 2008.
The 2012 season did mark one significant milestone, the return of a school-based football stadium that allowed the Panthers to host games at their school for the first time 1974.
Catholic High players Tyler Sparrow and R.J. Jefferson are among the area’s most recent college football commitments, according to Catholic High football coach Dale Weiner.
Sparrow, an offensive guard, committed to Arkansas-Monticello.
Jefferson, a cornerback, committed to Mississippi
The Bears won the District 5-5A title last fall and advanced to the quarterfinals.
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