One of the state’s top high school football coaches is leaving one of the state’s top programs. Gaffney’s Phil Strickland abrubtly resigned his post with the Indians Tuesday and he’s decided to take over at Newberry High School.
Strickland has spent seven seasons with the Indians and led the team to three state championships. He was 76-23 at Gaffney and has won 246 games over his career.
Strickland was also the athletic director at Gaffney. He says he is making this change to be closer to his family and closer to Columbia’s Lake Murray when he retires in a few years. He also said he will be glad to shed the AD role and focus on just coaching.