Griffith resigns as Southampton football coach

Published 11:14 am Friday, January 4, 2013

Southampton High School Head Coach Wes Griffth pumps up the offense in the closing minutes of a game. Griffith has resigned the position after three years. -- FILE

COURTLAND—Wes Griffith has resigned as Southampton High School’s football coach after three years at the helm.

The school district is looking for a replacement, said Superintendent Dr. Alvera Parrish.

“We’re starting to get some applications so we’ll see how that goes,” Parrish said.

Griffith, who could not be reached, replaced former coach Littleton Parker for the 2010 season.

During Griffith’s tenure, the Indians were 12-19. They were 2-8 during the recent season and 1-3 in the Virginia High School League’s AA Southside District. For 2011, they made the playoffs and lost 7-0 to Poquoson in the first round.

Griffith got his first win on Sept. 17, 2010, against Windsor. Despite a rocky fourth quarter, the Indians held on for a 28-14 victory in the non-district contest. The Indians jumped out to a 28-0 lead over the first three quarters and improved to 1-2.

A 2000 Southampton graduate, Griffith played wide receiver for Parker, who retired in November 2009 after a legendary 22-year career as the Indians’ head coach. During his tenure, the team made the playoffs 14 times and 36 players received football scholarships, while three reached National Football League status.

During Parker’s last year, the Indians were 4-6. At the time, Griffith was the head junior varsity coach.

Parker remains on as the school’s athletic director.

Griffith teaches history at his alma mater. He has also served as assistant girls’ basketball coach and will continue as the head varsity baseball coach.

Parrish noted that all coaching jobs are annual positions.

“We want to be very careful about replacing (Griffith),” she said. “We want to make sure we have someone who is going to work with the students, parents and community, and be able to help student athletes play the game, enjoy it and develop them for college and scholarships.”