Burton to leave East Side after one season
by Donell Maxie
Apr 09, 2013 | 3605 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
After just one season as the East Side High School Football coach, Roger Burton will be leaving.

On Monday afternoon, Burton confirmed with The Bolivar Commercial that he will not be returning next season to lead the Trojans, but instead will be taking an assistant coaching job at West Point High School.

"My decision to leave is something that came up this past week and I had to make a decision based on what was best for my family," said Burton.

According to East Side Athletic Director Leroy Cotton, Burton handed over his letter of resignation, but will continue to work through the end of the school year.

"We are very thankful to Coach Burton for his time and dedication to our football program and our student body. We wish he and his family the best as they move on to their next opportunity," said Cotton.

This past season was another strong one for the Trojans as they finished 14-1 and made it to the North Half championship game against Charleston where they lost 56-0.

Burton said he had met with the team, and informed them of his plans for the future.

"I think this team is ready and will pick up where they left off and go to work. Football here is a big deal and these kids will be ready to go for it all next season," said Burton.

Cotton also confirmed that assistant coach Kendrick Woodard will be taking over all football responsibilities as the team prepares for spring football toward the end of April.

"We have full confidence in Coach Woodard's ability along with the staff to rally the team and get the guys ready for spring practice and the spring jamboree," said Cotton.

Burton came to East Side after just one season as Hollandale-Simmons' head football coach. Burton's new job at West Point is a familiar one as he worked there for three years as an assistant.

"For me, the West Point thing is about familiarity and being comfortable for me and my family," said Burton.

For the black and gold nation of the Trojan faithful, they will have to watch a team that has gone 28-2 over the past two years look for a new head coach for the second time in two years.

"It's not often that a team that has won like we have is out looking for another coach after going 14-1 the past two seasons,” Cotton said. “The biggest thing we are trying to do now is find continuity and stability at the position. To have the success we have experienced is a credit to the kids and the support staff of coaches. In spite of the coaching changes, the two things that have remained the same have been the kids and the assistant coaches.”