By Stephen Hargis
Assistant Sports Editor
Robert Akins has resigned as both president and head football coach at Boyd-Buchanan School.
Akins was hired as president of the school in 1995 and one year later took over the high school football program. In his time as president, the school’s enrollment grew substantially, additional academic buildings were built and there is currently a multi-purpose athletic/band complex under construction.
“Having those two jobs for 10 years will wear on you and I just felt it was time to move on,” Akins said. “I love all the kids who have gone through the Boyd-Buchanan program and appreciate everyone I have worked with.
“When I first got here there were parts of the school that were in really bad shape, but we’ve made it better than ever and it’s really moving in the right direction in all aspects. I certainly felt it was time to step down as president, but the more I thought about it, it really made more sense to step away from both jobs.
“This is a wise move for me and the school. It’s gratifying to leave a place where I have shared so many good memories.”
In his 10-year career as the Buccaneers’ football coach, he turned one of the state’s most dormant programs into a perennial power. In the program’s 19-year history prior to Akins’ arrival, there were as many 0-10 seasons (2) as winning records. The Bucs had never qualified for the playoffs, but Akins took them to the postseason nine times and won five region championships.
Akins won 11 or more games six times and was 85-35 with the Bucs, leading them to the Class 1A state championship in 2003 as well as runner up finishes in 2002, 2004. Both state title losses came in overtime.
Akins’ overall career record is 206-120. He was recently inducted into the Northeast Mississippi Junior College football Hall of Fame.
Last season the Bucs moved up to Class 2A and advanced to the quarterfinals.
Defensive coordinator Grant Reynolds will be the interim head coach, according to school officials.
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