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Pulaski Cougars football coach resigns

Jack Turner led Pulaski County for the last seven years.

Jack Turner resigned as Pulaski High School football head coach Thursday.

The Roanoke Times I File 2008

Jack Turner resigned as Pulaski High School football head coach Thursday.

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Jack Turner, who led Pulaski County to the 2008 VHSL Group AA Division 4 semifinals, said Thursday night he has resigned as the Cougars' head football coach after seven years on the job.

Turner, a 1986 Pulaski County alumnus who succeeded Joel Hicks as the Cougars' coach in 2003, was vague about his reasons for resigning. Turner said he will keep his teaching position at the River Ridge District school.

"I've just got a few issues I've got to get straightened out," Turner said. "I've got two little girls who aren't getting any younger and neither am I. Shoot, I hate it was so late, but there are a few issues I've got to get straightened out.

"The coaches have been running the majority of the offseason program and the kids have been great."

Turner led Pulaski County to a 12-1 record and a berth in the 2008 state semifinals, where the Cougars lost 13-7 to Amherst County.

Pulaski County finished 2-8 in 2009 and was 0-5 in the River Ridge.

Turner, a former star linebacker and assistant coach under Hicks at Pulaski County, later played at Ferrum College. Turner compiled a career record at Pulaski County of 42 wins and 33 losses.

Turner said he is optimistic about Pulaski County's chances in 2010 and said he plans to one day return to coaching.

"I'm excited about our football team," Turner said. "We've got a great football team coming back. I played a lot of young kids last year."

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