Lincoln County’s Banks steps down as football coach

Lincoln County head football coach Kevin Banks has announced his resignation. FILE/STAFF

Kevin Banks has stepped down as Lincoln County’s head football coach and athletic director.

 

The Lincoln County Board of Education accepted Banks’ resignation during Tuesday night’s meeting, Banks confirmed.

“It’s about me spending more time with my daughter,” Banks said.

Lincoln County went 30-15-1 in his four seasons as head coach, advancing to the second round of the Class A Public playoffs twice. Banks was a longtime assistant under legendary coach Larry Campbell, whom Banks replaced after the 2013 season.

The Red Devils last won a region championship in 2012, which was Campbell’s 33rd region title. He won 477 games in 42 seasons at Lincoln County before retiring.

Banks took on the task of filling the big shoes and went 7-4 with a first-round playoff appearance in 2014. Lincoln County’s best season under Banks came in 2015 with a 9-2 mark, but a 24-3 loss to Aquinas ruined its chance of a region title, and the Red Devils lost in the first round of the playoffs.

Lincoln County went 7-4-1 and beat rival Washington-Wilkes in the first round of the 2016 playoffs but advanced no further. The Red Devils got over the hump against rival Aquinas in 2017 with a 12-6 victory and again won a playoff game, but they ran into a tough Irwin County team in the second round.

Reach David Lee at (706) 823-3216 or david.lee@augustachronicle.com.

 

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