For the second time in as many weeks, a Catawba County head football coach in the Northwestern 3A/4A is stepping down.
Fred T. Foard High School announced in a press release on Wednesday that Jason Phelps has resigned from his post as head football coach effective immediately.
"I have enjoyed my time leading the football program at Foard and feel we made some positive strides in our character and community relationships," said Phelps in a statement sent by the school. "I wish nothing, but the best and future success of the Foard football program."
Phelps' resignation comes on the heels of St. Stephens football coach Chris Bunting stepping down last week to take an assistant coaching position at Clover High School (S.C.).
“Coach Phelps has been a great addition here at Fred T. Foard," said athletic director Rob Bliss. "We are supportive of this decision, and we will continue to embrace coach Phelps as a teacher and a friend. Jason Phelps is a man of great character, and we as a school will be seeking those same attributes in our next head football coach.”
On June 15, 2011, Phelps was hired by Foard to replace the departing Ryan Gettys.
In Phelps' two seasons, the Tigers went 4-16 on the football field, including a pair of 2-8 marks the past two seasons. Foard was also 1-11 in Northwestern 3A/4A play with its only conference win coming against rival St. Stephens on Oct. 14, 2011.
Phelps, a 1992 graduate of Watauga High School, was 0-2 against his alma mater, including a 23-17 defeat to the Pioneers on Sept. 16, 2011 and a 28-27 loss to Watauga on Sept. 14, 2012.
Before coming to Foard, Phelps spent from 2008-10 as head football coach at Bartlett Yancey High School in Yanceyville. His record with the Buccaneers was 6-25.
The next person hired to lead the Tigers on the gridiron will be the 10th Foard football coach since 1978.