Darren Doyle, story and photo:
Zach Vincent, Head Coach of ECHS Wildcat Football, informed the Edmonson Voice today that he has stepped down from his role.
In a statement to the Voice, Coach Vincent said, "I want to begin by thanking everyone for the support that they’ve given me during my short tenure as a head coach. I want to give a special thanks to Jonathan Williams and Brad Johnson for allowing me to help lead great, young men."
Vincent said he has coached football for 16 years.
"My journey started in the youth program and led to me coaching at the varsity level under Kyle Pierce, coach/mentor. It's hard walking away from the sport that has shaped me into the person I am today, but as time has passed, my priorities have changed. I will always support my Cats, just not from the sidelines as a coach. Again, thank you for the support and encouragement through the years, and as always - GO CATS!"
Edmonson County High School Principal Jonathan Williams said he appreciated how Coach Vincent led the program over the last two seasons.
"He took the program when not many wanted to play and quickly improved numbers and morale," he said. "Zach is a very good person and a family man. He and his wife, Callie have a beautiful family and I’m excited to see what’s next for them."
Mr. Williams said that ECHS has begun the process of hiring the next candidate and that Athletic Director Kyle Pierce was already involved in the process.
"Zach took over in a tough situation," Pierce said. "We had 24 kids on the roster with only 19 returning. This year, he had 36 kids with 28 returning for next year. With any new hire, we want the right person, we need to provide a tremendous coaching staff, and be able to develop the players to maximize their potential."
Vincent spent two years as the head of ECHS football during rebuilding seasons. Edmonson County had a record of 5-17 under his tenure. He took over in 2022 from the departing Ed Smart, who coached one season at ECHS in 2021, the first winless season for the Wildcats since 1972.