By KEVIN HARRIS
NEW ALBANY – New Albany High School is currently looking for a new head football coach after the surprising recent resignation of two-year Bulldog sideline boss Sean Coultis.
New Albany athletic director Don Unruh was quoted by The Courier-Journal in Louisville in its June 4 edition that Coultis stepped down because of personal reasons.
“We hate to see Coach Coultis go, but we understand that his family situation comes first and wish him well,” Unruh told The Courier-Journal. “He did a great job for us both as head football coach and as a teacher at New Albany High School.”
Coultis posted a 9-11 record in his two seasons at the Bulldog helm. The Indiana University graduate guided New Albany to a 4-6 record in his first campaign in 2015, which included regular-season victories over rivals Providence and Floyd Central.
Last season, the Bulldogs wound up 5-5 as they recorded road wins at Providence and another main rival, Jeffersonville.
New Albany has the potential to post its first winning record since 2013 next season. The Bulldogs are expected to have several key players back on offense, including standout Darquan Richardson. The star running back accumulated 1,389 rushing yards and 23 total touchdowns in 2016, as he received honorable-mention honors on The Associated Press All-State team.
New Albany also expects the return of 10 of its 11 defensive starters from the 2016 squad.