Warren County football coach David Daniel has retired for health reasons, Warren County Schools Superintendent Carole Jean Carey said. Daniel’s last day was Tuesday.
Daniel was seriously injured during last season’s postgame brawl between Warren County and Hancock Central on Oct. 14. Metal plates were put in his head as part of the process to fix his face. But he’s still in pain from getting hit. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s report said he was by a member of the Hancock Central team.
The report says the player hit Daniel only after Daniel hit him first, though Daniel has denied that claim.
“He’s in excruciating pain almost every minute,” Carey said about Daniel. “It’s just agonizing. He needs to concentrate on getting better.”
Carey said no new head coach has been named. Originally, she wanted co-head coaches this season, but the plan fell through and Daniel remained the only head coach. Carey said she doesn’t know whether an interim coach will be named or the staff will “just pull it together.”
Warren County begins its season Aug. 31 at home against Glascock County.
Hancock Central was fined $500 for the incident by the Georgia High School Association, which also placed the school on “severe warning status” for the next two years.
The GHSA has also approved a security plan it asked Hancock Central to come up with for football and basketball games.
The two teams are scheduled to play this season in Warrenton on Sept. 28. Carey said Daniel’s retirement won’t change that.
“It’s just sad for all of us,” Carey said. “He wanted to get through this year; he loves the Screaming Devils and he loves the kids.”