Gautier head football coach Chris Peterson has resigned his position, the Pascagoula-Gautier School District announced on Friday.
Peterson, who turned in his letter of resignation on Wednesday, leaves the school after five years on the job. The Gators finished 4-7 this season, missing out on the playoffs with a season-ending 37-31 loss in overtime to rival Pascagoula.
The Gators were 25-31 during Peterson's time as head coach. Gautier made the playoffs in 2013 and 2014 under his watch.
“Coach Peterson is a fine individual, and we wish him well in his future endeavors,” Pascagoula-Gautier Superintendent Wayne Rodolfich said in a press release.
Peterson and Pascagoula-Gautier athletic director Greg Freeman did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Gautier senior offensive lineman Paul Gainer said that Peterson met with the team in the weightroom on Tuesday to inform them of his decision.
“It was heartbreaking, but you have to move forward,” Gainer said. “Like he said, it happens in life. He'll be on another journey. We'll still be in touch. He said we'd still be a family at the end of the day. It's a sad situation and I wish the best for him.
“He told us that he was going to resign. Once he told me, I kind of went crazy for a second. But I realized the situation and that he had to go on and do what he had to do.”
Gautier hired Peterson in 2012 after he spent nine years as head coach at Mendenhall. He had a record of 46-58 at Mendenhall.
Peterson's brother, Brad Peterson, is the director of player personnel at Mississippi State. He is also related to Brandon head coach Tyler Peterson.