Womack resigns as Eagles coach
EAGLE POINT — Citing a desire to spend more time with his family, Eagle Point High football coach Seth Womack stepped down from that position Wednesday but will remain as the school’s athletic director.
Womack posted a 23-33 overall record in six years with the Eagles as a member of one of the toughest football conferences at the 5A level in the Midwestern League. His signature season came in 2016, when Eagle Point advanced to the state playoffs for the first time since 1997 and finished 7-3 overall and tied for second in the MWL at 5-2.
“It’s been kind of weighing on me for the last month or so,” Womack said of the decision. “My heart wasn’t really in it this year. I’ve been trying to get that fire lit and just haven’t. When I’m here (at school) doing things, I’d rather be home with my kids playing with them and spending that time. It just finally came up and I said, you know, I’m going to make the change. My wife and I had a great conversation and both of us decided it’s what’s best for us.”
Womack and wife Alyssa have been married for nearly 11 years and their son Wrigsby turns 6 in July and daughter Wreagan turns 4 in June.
Womack said the decision wasn’t an easy one to make given his love of coaching football, and he truly has enjoyed the support granted to him by the Eagle Point community and a host of dedicated assistant coaches and players.
“I’m very proud of what our coaching staff and our players have done here,” he said. “They’ve worked really hard and made a lot of changes and a lot of sacrifices to get us to where we’re at today. I’m very grateful for everything they’ve done for me and this program. We’ve had a great group of kids and a great group of coaches that have really pushed and fought and clawed to get us to where we’re at.”
While he is stepping down as head coach, that doesn’t necessarily mean that he’s through with coaching at all.
“I still plan on coaching in some capacity,” said Womack, who turns 40 in June. “I don’t know what that looks like but I do still want to coach. It’s just right now I don’t have the time and energy to really focus on being the head coach.”
“If something came up and was out there, I would consider it,” he added. “As long as it allowed me to keep what was most important, and right now the most important thing for me is my family. I can do better in that area and I want to.”
He said, however, that he doesn’t believe a drop to the freshman or JV level at Eagle Point would be a good idea given his time in the program and position as AD. The thought of potentially stepping on his successor’s toes or being a back-seat driver is not a good thing for anyone.
Womack came to Southern Oregon from Fulton, Missouri, where he had served as assistant coach and recruiter at his alma mater Westminster College. He noted that Alyssa had traveled with him as far as to Austria during his playing days, and has been there all along during professional, college and high school coaching runs in Germany, Colorado, Oklahoma, Missouri and now Oregon.
“I love my kids and I love my wife and I just want more time with them,” he said.
With Womack’s resignation submitted Wednesday morning, the job is expected to be posted in the next few days and then he will work with school administrators to help pick the next head coach of the Eagles.
“We’ll open it up and we’ll find the right person, whether it’s somebody in-house or out-of-house,” said Womack. “It will be the person that’s definitely the right fit to lead this program and continue it on. I’m very proud of what our kids and coaches have done the last six years, they’ve done a tremendous job, and I don’t want to see it fall into bad hands. We’ll definitely make sure we do all our due diligence to make sure the right person gets in the seat.”
Eagle Point went 6-3 this past season and finished just outside of playoff consideration at 2-3 in league. The Eagles, however, suffered a big blow in January when standout sophomore tailback Devin Bradd transferred to North Medford High, and will have to find replacements for several key senior starters.
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