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Southwest Offensive Coordinator Jamie Everett resigns

SUMMIT – Southwest head football coach Tucker Peavey has announced the resignation of offensive coordinator Jamie Everett after two seasons.

This was Everett’s second tour with the Bears as he previously served as offensive line coach in 2007-08 (he also played for the Bears in 1997 and 1998). In his time with the program, nine members of the offense have signed to continue their collegiate careers at a four-year institution.

Peavey said Everett “did a good job coaching here and working with the players, not only as a position coach, but (also) helping them academically. I think he’s a guy the players really respected.”

Everett’s leaving “is going to be a loss,” Peavey continued. “But, that’s kind of the way it is in this business. We’ll bring in another guy and pick up where we left off. We don’t know who that’ll be yet, but we’ll work hard to find somebody who we think is a good fit for our program, the players and the college and I know we’ll get a good one.”

For his part, Everett said he had “really enjoyed my last two years here. I’ve had a really good experience (and have) enjoyed working for Coach Peavey. He was definitely the right choice for this head coaching position. The program has improved and I look for it to continue to improve.”

“I think (Southwest president) Dr. (Steve) Bishop and the administration has done a great job of making football important (here) and trying to get it back to where it used to be. They’ve made working here a good experience for me.”

“In the end”, Everett said, “the only reason I’m leaving is it’s a family decision. The open-state recruiting is pretty tough; you’re never home. It wasn’t too bad until my daughters (ages 8 and 6) had some “break downs” during the season, wanting their daddy home.”

“For the first time since I was 12,” Everett went on, “I think the Good Lord slapped me and made me realize that football isn’t as important as my family is. I love these kids here, these players, this school. This is still my school. But, at this point and time in my life, it’s probably best for me and my family that I spend more time with my two little girls.”

The search for a new offensive coordinator will begin immediately.