In a rather shocking development, Scott Stein confirmed to Union County Weekly that he has resigned as Sun Valley High School’s football coach.
In recent weeks, numerous sources had told Union County Weekly that Stein was leaving the program. When contacted this week, Stein told the newspaper that he indeed had announced to his team at its end-of-year banquet in December that he was stepping down, effective immediately.
Stein also has been the school’s athletics director for 10 years.
When asked why he decided to leave the football program, Stein declined to offer an explanation. He also would not say whether he’s looking to take another coaching position at a different school.
“Right now, I’m just the AD at Sun Valley High School, and that’s the position I’m in right now,” Stein said.
In November, Stein completed his 10th season leading the football program, as the Spartans went 9-4 and reached the third round of the Class 4A playoffs before falling to Porter Ridge, 28-21. During his tenure at Sun Valley, Stein compiled a 71-42 record and advanced to the playoffs every year except 2004.
Stein’s resignation comes on the heels of the mid-year retirement of former Sun Valley principal Janice Burns. When reached on Jan. 24, interim principal Archie Price said he has not received an official notification from Stein regarding his departure.
“There has been no indication from (Stein) that he’s definitely leaving,” Price said. “I have nothing in writing from him so, at this point, it’s all speculation.”
Price did say, however, that he has heard the rumors surrounding Stein’s situation.
“Just rumors, and I hope you can understand that I can’t comment on rumors because, at this point, Coach Stein is a member of our staff,” Price told Union County Weekly. “There’s no change. I’m like everybody else. I’ve heard rumors, but there’s nothing I can really comment on because that’s all there is right now.”
Price also said the process to replace Stein can’t begin until the coach makes his departure official.
“Coach Stein has done an outstanding job here as a football coach, and the football program is quite accomplished,” Price said.