ADEL -- Make room for another head coaching vacancy in South Georgia.

Cook High football coach Michael Pollock has confirmed that he is stepping down after compiling a 19-6 record after two seasons and a pair of Class AA playoff berths at the school. He is looking for another coaching position but has no firm offers

Pollock said that his resignation was voluntary but added that "the chemistry wasn't there" between himself and the program.

"It's a part of this business," he said. "It's not always the part we want to talk about or think about."

Pollock went 13-1 in his first season as a head coach in 2001. The Hornets won the Region 2-AA title and were ranked No. 1 in the state before falling to eventual state champion Americus in the semifinals. This year, Cook slipped to 6-5 and third in the region, thanks in part to a wave of injuries throughout the fall, and lost at Vidalia in the opening round of the playoffs.

"I think we were all a little frustrated this year," he said. "I came in and we were 13-1 and there's not much more you can do but go down from there. But we were still doing the right things and still competing. We came within three points of beating Pierce County and three points of beating Charlton County, and both those teams made it to the third round.

"After the season, I looked back and reflected on the season and decided I needed to take another direction."

Pollock, formerly an offensive coordinator at Washington County, said that he would like to remain a head coach but could also return to being an assistant. Mostly, he is looking for the right opportunity.

"I'm interested in remaining a head coach, but I'm not going to go just anywhere and take just any position. I want to go somewhere that is committed to winning and doing the right things."

The Cook County School Board is expected to formally accept Pollock's resignation at its next meeting.

Pollock is the third head football coach in the area to vacate his post in recent weeks. Michael Creasman resigned at Berrien High, another Region 2-AA school, and Mike O'Brien was dismissed at Valdosta High.



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