Doug Bolles resigns coaching positions at Baldwin
BALDWIN — Doug Bolles, who has been a long-time three-sport coach at Baldwin, including football, said earlier this week he is resigning all of his coaching positions from the school.
Bolles was currently working on summer football with the Panthers. He told his team on Monday that he was resigning.
Bolles said he couldn’t offer any specifics on his decision at this time.
Practices will start on Aug. 8. Athletic director Shawn Williams was not available for comment. Asked about Bolles’ announcement, Superintendent Stiles Simmons said on Tuesday he was not in a position to comment on the situation at that particular time
Bolles said he talked with Williams Monday night about his resignation.
“Right now I felt it was the right time to step away,” Bolles said. “My twins (son and daughter) are starting school and I’ve put in 11 years. I’ve coached 29 years of some variety of football. Maybe it’s time for a change in Baldwin and go in some other direction.
“I appreciate all the people that I’ve had an opportunity to work with, the administration, coaching staff, the great kids. I’m not leaving because I’m upset or being pushed out. I always said I go I want to go on my terms and not because I’ve worn out my welcome and have gotten pushed out. The (football) schedule this season is a tough one. I’m up for challenges and am by no means backing away from a challenge.
“I care about the kids,” Bolles added. “The bottom line, wins and losses, everyone looks at that, but I hope people look at relationships I had with the kids, and the life lessons I taught them over and above football.”
Bolles had 11 years as head coach and was assistant the previous four seasons.
His overall record is 50-55 at Baldwin. He was 2-5 in the playoffs. A highlight was the 2014 season when Baldwin won its first two playoff games ever and advanced to the regional finals before falling to Beal City. Baldwin had been in the playoffs the past four seasons.
“Of those 11 seasons, we made the playoffs five times,” Bolles said.
He’s stepped down from all his Baldwin coaching positions including girls basketball, which he had coached the previous two years. He was baseball coach several seasons and served as girls softball coach last spring. Appointments for the 2017 spring season have not yet been made.
Bolles said his son, Cregg, who was an assistant football coach, JV girls basketball coach and baseball coach, has also resigned his positions.
Bolles works at Houseman’s Foods in Baldwin.
During his talk with his players on Monday at the Baldwin Fieldhouse, “I could hardly talk,” he said. “I had a lump in my throat and was crying like a baby. It was all the emotions of everything I’ve put into it and the kids and people. It was hard to do.”