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A championship football coach is stepping down from a South Mississippi program

Larry Dolan is stepping down as the head football coach and athletic director at Pearl River Central High School.
Larry Dolan is stepping down as the head football coach and athletic director at Pearl River Central High School. jcfitzhugh@sunherald.com file

Pearl River Central head football coach and athletic director Larry Dolan plans to move on to the next stage of his coaching career.

After two seasons at the school, Dolan informed his team last week that he is stepping down.

“Right now, I’m planning on retiring and going back into the retirement system,” Dolan said Monday. “I will possibly look for other employment in other areas. I don’t think I’m through coaching, but at this point I don’t have another coaching job.”

Dolan won the 2013 Class 4A state title at Forrest County AHS and led the Aggies to a record of 81-20 during his time there as head coach from 2006 to 2013. Prior to arriving at PRC, he served two years as the head coach at Columbia Academy and compiled a record of 12-9.

Dolan couldn’t quite replicate the success of his predecessor, Eric Collins, at PRC, going 5-17 in two years on the job.

“I’m still living in Forrest County,” Dolan said. “It’s hard to run a football program from an hour away. I love this school, the people and the teachers. It’s a great place to raise your children. I hate that I can’t stay here and finish what we’ve started. It got to be where it was just too hard to do what I needed to do.”

Dolan said Monday that he still has a passion to coach football.

“I’m only 52 so I want to work and do something,” he said. “I’ve got four years of military service so I’ve got enough years to retire. I’ve got 28 ½ years of experience. I feel like I’ve got 10 to 12 years left. I love coaching football and that’s what I am, a football coach. I do still love the game. I’d like to find somewhere to help and be a part of — possibly closer to Hattiesburg.”

Pearl River Central is part of a difficult Region 4-5A that includes defending Class 5A South State champion Hattiesburg and two other perennial powers, Picayune and Wayne County. Stone High has also been a resurgent program under head coach John Feaster the last two years, going 16-8.

Patrick Magee: 228-896-2333, @Patrick_Magee

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