SETH, W.Va. -- Sherman High School is searching for a new football coach.
Shann Elkins resigned on Nov. 5, two days after his team wrapped up a 1-9 season with a 27-8 loss to Boone County rival Van.
The Tide lost its first three and final six games this season.
Sherman's only win was a 32-0 victory versus Hannan on Sept. 14, which snapped a 17-game losing streak.
Elkins' resignation had nothing to do with football, however. A Boone County Schools principal, Elkins is transferring from Sherman Junior High School to Madison Middle School.
"It was a tough one," Elkins said of his decision, which will enable him to spend more time with his wife and their four children. "I kept everything to myself up until the last week and a half or two weeks. I knew basically at the end of September that I was being led in a different direction. I fought it for about eight weeks because I love football and the community we were in and the kids we had. We were young, but we were getting better every day. It was just one of those things that at the end of the day, we really didn't have a choice."
Elkins finished his five-season tenure - his first stint as a head coach - with the Tide with a 16-36 record. Sherman, which dropped from Class AA to Class A this year, was 2-8 in his first season, 11-1 in his second, 2-8 in his third, 0-10 in his fourth and 1-9 in his fifth.
Elkins took the Tide to the Class AA quarterfinals in 2009, which was one of the most successful seasons in school history. It also was the Tide's first postseason appearance since 2004, when it was a Class A team.
"We had a great experience," Elkins said. "There were some things we were able to accomplish that you just can't see in the won-loss record. There were some things internally and structurally that we needed to get in place to be competitive year in and year out. We feel like we did those things."
Elkins was the offensive line coach at West Virginia State from 2003-05. He spent 16 years (1987-2002) as an assistant at Scott (two with the ninth-grade team, two with the junior varsity and 12 with the varsity, including five as the defensive coordinator).
Elkins was a wide receiver and safety at former Lincoln County power Duval, where he helped the 12-1 Yellowjackets win the 1982 Class A state championship in his senior season.
Former Tide coach Bill Miller took a medical leave of absence in 2008 to fight prostate cancer. Miller, who compiled a 136-81 record in 20 seasons, never returned to the Sherman sideline in an official capacity.