A longtime staple for Gainesville High soccer is stepping down.
Gainesville City School's Athletic Director Billy Kirk confirmed Tuesday that Gainesville High boys soccer coach Rick Howard has resigned his coaching position effective immediately. Coaching assistant Elie Viviant will take over the program.
It was announced that Howard stepped down from his duties in order to pursue an advanced degree, and due to time constraints, felt he could not continue to coach at a high level. Howard will continue to teach AP history at the school.
"We appreciate the commitment and dedication to our student-athletes over his career and his coaching presence will be greatly missed," Gainesville High athletic director Billy Kirk said of Howard in a press release.
Howard won over 250 games with Gainesville boys and girls teams, as well as Oconee County High. With Gainesville, Howard coached the Red Elephants to a state title (2010) in two match appearances, a Region 8-AAAAA title and one elite 8 appearance (2011), never missing the playoffs in that time frame.