Antwyne Golliday is resigning after 13 years as head coach of the Cahokia football program.
One of the most successful coaches in the metro-east, Golliday informed his team this week that he has stepped down as its head coach after leading the Comanches to a 4-5 record this season.
“After all these years it seems like the (Cahokia) school district is going in a different direction and I’m not going to fight it. There’s been some things happen in the last few years and I don’t feel I’m getting the support I should get. I just feel like its time to go,” Golliday said Thursday. “I’ve had 31 wonderful years as a teacher and coach here and I’m still going to teach here.
“When they told me they wanted me to resign at the end of this year, I wouldn’t go for it. But I’m not going to fight it and I’m not going to throw anybody under the bus. I’ve been asked to resign and so I guess the powers to be want to go in another direction.”
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Golliday, 54, who was an assistant under longtime coach Rob Eden for 10 years before taking over head coaching duties prior to the 2003 season, ends his Comanches coaching career wiith a mark of 81-53.
The Comanches reached the Illinois High School Association playoffs in Golliday’s first seven years and reached the Class 5A State semifinals twice in 2005 and 2008.
The 2005 finished with mark of 9-4, losing to Rock Island Alleman 24-20 in the semifinals; while the 2008 team was 11-2 but lost to Metamora 42-13. However, after finishing 9-2 in 2009, Comanches have failed to make the playoffs and have compiled only a 23-31 mark in the past six seasons.
I’ve been asked to resign and so I guess the powers to be want to go in another direction.
The Comanches ended the season Friday with a forfeit win over Crossroads Christian Academy because the team had only 12 players on the roster.
The forfeit also caused the cancellation of Senior Night festivities for Cahokia.
On Tuesday night, Golliday met with his team for the last time for a dinner. Golliday made sure his seniors were honored and flowers were given to his seniors to give to their parents in celebration of their careers.
It was then where Golliday told his team he would not be back.
“I had my whole squad there. We had food and we just sat back and had a nice night. I announced that we are retiring the jerseys of former players Jimmy (Hunt) and Terron Armstead (offensive lineman for the New Orleans Saints). Then I told them that I was stepping down. I told them that there was some grown up stuff going on and that I would not be their coach next year.
“I told them that I’m going to be at school and I’m going to be at the games supporting them. It will be tough because coaching kids is something I love to do and I love being around these kids at Cahokia High School. They are great kids. My deal was this, I think somebody wanted me out and I didn’t want them to punish the kids. I think it was a little personal.”
Golliday siad he is leaving the Comanches program with a lot of talent. Cahokia will return its starting quarterback, three of its top four wide receivers and several sophomores who were part of an undefeated freshman squad this past year.
Golliday, who retired as an assistant track and field coach last year, said he still has a passion for coaching and has already received interest from several schools about joining their coaching staffs.
“My plan is to take next year off. Spend some time with my family, maybe take the wife on a cruise or a couple of nice vacations. She’s been with me though all of this and while she knows how much I love coaching and being around these kids, I think she’s overdo for a little more attention,” Golliday said. “Going from one season to another like I’ve done all these years, we haven’t been able to take many vacations. Plus I want to spend a little time with my kids and grandchildren.
“A year from now she may be tired of having me around the house so much. I still have a passion for coaching and I think some day I will get back into it again. But not next year. It will be my time to reflect and see what I want to do.”