LAMPASAS — For the second time in less than a year, Lampasas is searching for a new football coach.
Jimmy Randolph announced Thursday he will resign as the Badgers athletic director and head football coach, citing family reasons.
“I’ve been thinking about it for a long time, and I feel a strong need that I need to get back to family,” the West Texas native said. “It just kind of all made sense, and it was just time to do it for family sake.”
After spending five years at Lampasas as defensive coordinator and boys head track coach, Randolph emerged as the lone finalist for the athletic director/head coach job following the departure of Joey McQueen last year. Randolph officially accepted the position on April 2, 2012.
The decision to resign was spurred by a holiday trip to visit family in West Texas that left him longing to be closer to his relatives.
“I get to see (my aging father) one time a year, and I’m not sure that its not time to go back and be around him a little bit,” Randolph said. “(My daughter) is about to graduate college from the University of Texas and is going to go to grad school at Texas Tech. So it just all made sense.”
It is undetermined exactly when Randolph will depart from the position and it is possible he finishes out the school year. The school board will hold its monthly meeting Monday and discuss the replacement process at that time, according to Lampasas ISD Superintendent Dr. Randall Hoyer.
“Anytime you have a resignation in the middle of the year like this, the board has to approve that,” Hoyer said. “It is not a superintendent’s call. Whether he stays on to a specific day and then leaves or he is gone immediately, all of that will be negotiated out Monday evening. That is (the school board’s) call.”
Randolph, who produced a combined record of 22-30 during his two previous head coaching stints at Crowell and Cross Plains, went 1-9 during his lone season at Lampasas. The Badgers ended the season on a seven-game losing streak and lost all five games in District 8-3A play.
Despite his record with the team, the announcement came as a shock to the football team and its coaches.
“Their jaws dropped,” Randolph said. “I’m a pretty good poker player, and I hadn’t divulged much of it to anybody.”
None of Randolph’s teams have advanced to the playoffs, but he was instrumental in helping turn around Lampasas’ program. The Badgers lost 20 consecutive games during Randolph’s first two seasons as defensive coordinator under Ryan Bailey, but produced a pair of playoff appearances and the team’s first district championship since 1989 during three seasons with McQueen.
“He did a great job for me as a defensive coordinator,” McQueen said. “I’m very proud of what he helped accomplish.”
Randolph is unsure if he wants to continue a career in coaching once he returns to West Texas, retire or find a new profession altogether.
“If an opportunity arises for another position and it’s the right fit, then so be it,” the 52-year-old father of two said. “If it is not the right fit, then I’ll do something else. I’m pretty good with a rope and spurs.”
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