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The Marion County High School football team will be short at least one coach for now. Offensive Coordinator Corey Crume, who's been with the team for the last two years, accepted a head coaching position on Thursday of last week with Southern High School in Louisville.
Crume brings vast experience as a player and coach to Southern High School. Crume was a record-breaking running back for Marion County High School and Eastern Kentucky University. He signed a free agent contract with the NFL's Arizona Cardinals though didn't make the cut after training camp. He played for two teams in the Canadian Football League. He's played under countless prolific coaches. Crume went back to EKU and coached as a graduate assistant. He also coached in Louisiana before coming to MCHS two years ago.
"My motivation for leaving is nothing personal," Crume said. "I have the opportunity to play on the biggest level in the state. People can see the improvement I hope we make in the next couple of years. I want to give kids the chance to be successful like they are here."
Southern High School is coming off a 2-9 season under departing Head Coach Chad Lyons, winning no games against region or district opponents.
The 6-A school finished with one of the worst records among 6-A schools.
"They're rebuilding and they're in a tough district. We're going to be very passionate about beating Fern Creek and Seneca. How we do against them will measure our success," Crume said.
In the Louisville public schools system, players can be drawn from other parts of the city. While players likely won't cross town to play for a team, Crume and his staff will be able to draw from those close by.
Crume will have a staff of 10 assistant coaches, four of which he'll be hiring once he takes over.
His departure leaves a hole to fill on Knights Head Coach Jeff Robbins' staff.
Robbins said he would be running the offense through spring practice.
"We're not going to change much. The key to success for us is continuity. We'll do a few little things different but nothing major," Robbins said. "If a situation arises and we can get experienced offensive coordinator, we'll wait and see. A lot of it depends on teaching positions available. A lot of things are up in the air right now."
Robbins believes losing coaches like Crume is the price of success.
"I felt like it's just a situation for him to better himself. Corey is a good football coach," he said. "I know that all of my assistants have aspirations to be head coaches. Whenever you're successful and you have good coaches, the drawback is that you'll lose those people... Corey's time is now. It's a tough situation but he'll do fine."
Crume was announced as Southern's head coach on Tuesday. The Knights went 18-6 during his tenure as offensive coordinator.
"Even though we've had two really good seasons I feel like we have some unfinished business," Crume said. "I've had a very enjoyable stay here for the last two or three years. The support from the fans has been great."