CHARLESTON, Tenn. (WRCB) -- Ted Lockerby resigned as the head football coach at Walker Valley High School on Monday, three days after his Mustangs completed a winless season.
"It was just time for a change," Lockerby said via cell phone Monday afternoon. "I think it was just best for everybody."
Lockerby was just 12-39 overall in his five seasons with the program, including just three wins in the last three years. Friday's 62-27 loss to Ooltewah ended the 2011 campaign at 0-10.
"I want to thank (Ted) for his service to our young people and the school. He is a valuable asset to our community," principal Danny Coggin said in a statement.
A native of Bradley County, Lockerby returned to the area in 2007 after more than a decade as a college assistant at Tennessee Tech.
Walker Valley went 3-7 in Lockerby's first season, but won six games and advanced to the playoffs for the first time in school history in 2008. However, it was the only winning season of his tenure. The Mustangs went 1-9 in 2009 and 2-8 in 2010. They've lost 16 straight games dating back to a win over McMinn Central in September of 2010.
"It's a tough situation when you're up in that higher classification. With a school of our size, we'd hoped to get a few more athletes out for football," Lockerby said. "But I think we worked hard and did a good job moving the program forward.
"They've got a good nucleus of players and coaches coming back next year. I think they're heading in the right direction."
Among those returning players will be running back Kelvin Wells, Jr., who rushed for more than 1,200 yards in each of the last two seasons.
Coggin said Lockerby will remain on staff in a teaching role at the school, though the coach said he'll have to see where his next step takes him. A search to fill the vacant coaching spot is now underway, led by athletic director Mike Turner.