Photo by Kelly Philips | NDL

Photo by Kelly Philips | NDL

Longtime Russellville High School football coach and administrator John Myers announced on Saturday that he would be leaving to take a position at Glasgow Independent schools.

Myers came to Russellville in 2004 to take over as head football coach of the tradition-rich program and also serve as the high school's assistant principal. While he was later promoted to principal and later assistant superintendent, Myers continued to guided the gridiron team the entire time.

"It is with a heavy heart that I will not be returning to my current positions in the Russellville School System," Myers said Saturday. "Today I accepted a similar position in the Glasgow School system where my wife works and my children attend school. I have spent 14 amazing years in Russellville and I thank the Russellville School System for giving me opportunities I never would have had elsewhere. I thank the community for your support and welcoming my family with open arms."

Superintendent Bart Flener thanked Myers for all his contributions to the football team and school district.

"While the wins on the football field are memorable, the lives he has changed and the impact he has made on our community will be his greatest victory," Flener said.

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Myers went 118-57 during his time at Russellville. His only losing season came in his first year when the Panthers went 4-7. After that, RHS went on to win 10 or more games in four seasons, including region titles in 2015 and 2016.

"Coach Myers' teams were always known for their gritty run-first style of football and in 2015, the Panthers rushed for 4,926 yards, the tenth highest total for any team in the history of KY High School football," Russellville High School principal Ben Bruni said. "But Coach Myers contributions to the community of Russellville cannot be measured in yards or wins and losses. Coach Myers greatest contribution to this community was himself. A pillar of moral character and values, Coach Myers was never without a smile or a good word to say to all. His passion for the game and for the players that he coached came through in every conversation, hand shake, or pat on the back. His devotion to Russellville schools was second to none and for fourteen years, he gave the Panther Nation all that he had. Coach Myers will be greatly missed and Russellville cannot thank him for leaving behind a program that is in tremendous shape and a legacy that sets the bar as high as any in Kentucky."

As always, Myers was attributed much of his success to those he had around him.

"I want to thank my current and former players and coaches for buying in and continuing the tradition that is Russellville football," Myers said. "I want to say thank you to so many people for making my time at Russellville and unbelievable experience but if I try to name each of you I will leave someone out and I refuse to do that. I have been a Panther longer than I have been anything else and will cherish my time in Russellville. However it is time to welcome new opportunities and follow God's plan."

Russellville went 7-4 this past season and advanced to the second round of the Class A playoffs.

Bruni said that the high school will begin its coaching search immediately and hope to have a new coach named by February.

Photo by Kelly Philips | NDL

Photo by Kelly Phillips | NDL