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Coach Who Developed Kickers (and Others) Resigns

Colleague B.J. Koubaroulis has the news:

West Springfield football coach Bill Renner said Monday that he has decided to step down from his position.

Renner, who led the Spartans to a 57-47 record in the past 10 seasons, held a meeting Monday at 2:30 p.m. to notify his players of his decision. In addition to coaching West Springfield, Renner is known for helping dozens of kickers and punters improve and attain college scholarships.

"It was just the right timing for our family and for our team and for me to be able to look at myself and ask 'Can I make the same commitment?' and I just couldn't, there's just no way," said Renner.

Renner's son Bryn, a senior quarterback at West Springfield who threw for 3,123 yards and 35 touchdowns this fall, has orally committed to play football and baseball at North Carolina.

"If I went to watch Bryn and left people here, I'd feel horrible," said Renner, who expects a hectic schedule as he travels the country to watch his son's games. "If I stayed here and didn't get to go see Bryn, I'd feel horrible. I've always told the kids that you have to make a 100-percent commitment and I just couldn't look myself in the eyes and know that I couldn't give each kid 100-percent, so that was really the deciding factor."

By Josh Barr  | December 1, 2008; 2:28 PM ET
Categories:  Football  
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