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Shiloh's Matthews steps down as football coach

After three years as Shiloh's head football coach, Robert Matthews stepped down on Monday.

The coach informed school officials about his resignation before talking with his players and booster club members. The decision was made after his wife Laura, who worked as an assistant women's golf coach at the University of Georgia, was named the head women's golf coach at Oklahoma State University.

"It was definitely a surprise (that Matthews resigned)," Shiloh athletic director Ed Shaddix said. "I know it's not where he wanted to leave things. But we'll pick things up and start the interview process as soon as the season's over."

Matthews will serve as Shiloh's head coach for the remainder of the season. The Generals play this Friday at Brookwood and conclude the regular season game Oct. 28 at home vs. South Gwinnett.

A four-year member of Georgia's football team as a walk-on, Matthews was an assistant coach at Oconee County, Camden County and North Gwinnett prior to getting the Shiloh job in 2003 as a 25-year-old.

His first Shiloh team, after going 4-16 the previous two seasons, went 6-5 in 2003 and reached the state playoffs. The Generals dropped to 2-8 last year and are 2-6 this season.