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Duluth's Jarvis steps down as head football coach

Corey Jarvis

Corey Jarvis

Citing family reasons, Duluth head football coach Corey Jarvis tendered his resignation from the position on Monday.

Jarvis coached the the Wildcats for three seasons and made them more competitive than they had been in years. Duluth went 4-6 in each of his three seasons, but it was an improvement for a program that hadn't won more than two games in a season since going 5-5 in 2003 and hasn't had a winning season since 1995.

While he worked at Duluth, Jarvis still lived in Lithonia and the time commitment was tough for him and his family. He and his wife Shanegia have 9-, 8- and 3-year-old daughters.

"It was a family decision," Jarvis said. "It's what's best for my family right now. ... We're on two different schedules right now. At least when I was in DeKalb we were on the same schedule. I don't get to see (my daughters) at all in the mornings. ... I hate to leave now because I feel like this was a perfect spot for me, but it's tough for us as a family."

Jarvis said he is considering a few other football coaching jobs, but hasn't accepted one at this point. His previous head coaching experience was at M.L. King, where he worked for five seasons prior to taking the Duluth position. He had a 49-11 record at M.L. King and took all five teams to the playoffs.

He couldn't match that success in ultra-competitive Gwinnett, but he drew praise from opposing coaches for the improvements he made in the Duluth program.

Jarvis informed his players of his resignation on Tuesday afternoon. It was a tough conversation, the coach said, but he feels good about the program's future.

"The kids we have are great kids," Jarvis said. "They're going to be successful. I hope they stay together and keep working hard. I expect them to have a winning year this year. The upcoming seniors have been in the program with us three years, they're going into their fourth year, and they're ready."

Gwinnett now has two head football coaching vacancies — Duluth and Dacula.