Greenwood School District 50 confirmed Tuesday afternoon in a press release that Gene Cathcart resigned his post as head football coach at Greenwood High School.
As reported in Tuesday's Index-Journal, Cathcart is expected to be named the new coach at Seneca at tonight's board of education meeting in Oconee County.
"I cannot begin to thank (District 50 Superintendent Darrell) Johnson and (Greenwood principal Beth) Taylor for what has been the greatest opportunity of my professional life," Cathcart said in the release. "My reasons for leaving what I consider to be the best job in the state, with the best people in the state, are simply to be closer to my children.
"This is a dad decision that I feel like I must make to be closer to them and their remaining time in high school and college, which I will be able to do by accepting the head football coach position at Seneca High School."
Cathcart served five years as Greenwood High's football coach and athletic director, winning 58 games and a Class AAAA, Division II state championship in 2012. He will continue to serve as athletic director at Greenwood for the remainder of the school year.
"Coach Cathcart has continued to have a quality athletic program at Greenwood High School since he was hired in 2009," Johnson said. "While the football program has been one of the top programs in the state, other athletic teams at Greenwood High School have excelled as well. We all respect Coach Cathcart's decision to be closer to his children. The district will post the position in the very near future."
According to the release, associate head coach Ken Ray will be promoted to interim head coach while the school readies to conduct a search for Cathcart's replacement.