South Pittsburg's Grider, one of the state's winningest coaches, retires from alma mater

South Pittsburg head coach Vic Grider watches from the sidelines. The Marion County Warriors visited the South Pittsburg Pirates in TSSAA football action on September 2, 2016.

Vic Grider, one of the state's most successful prep football coaches, has announced his retirement from South Pittsburg High School after 22 seasons as head coach. Grider, who is also the school's assistant principal and athletic director, told his players at a team meeting Monday morning and said he will finish out the school year at his alma mater.

"It was no secret that this past season was likely going to be my last one here," said Grider, who was a Pirates assistant for six years before taking over the program. "You get to a point in your career, and at my age, where you have to look at what's best for your future and the time was just right for me to go ahead and retire.

"This is the only place I've ever known so even though I knew the time was coming, it was still a hard decision for me.