RIPLEY - Ripley High School head football coach Jimmy Frashier will likely resign his position as the Viking’s leader on the gridiron to accept an administrative position within Jackson County.
The Jackson County Board of Education voted last week to grant Frashier the position that is likely to transition over the next several weeks.
Frashier, 44 applied for an assistant principal position at Ravenswood High School that has recently been filled on a temporary basis.
The Jackson County Board of Education implemented a rule in July of 2012 that prevents administrators from holding coaching positions.
The only hurdle left in the process is the confirmation of federal grant money related to the position, which will be ironed out in the coming weeks.
Frashier reportedly held a meeting with his football team last week concerning the matter.
Frashier has held the coaching position for a decade after he took over for legendary skipper Frank Marino, who had held the post for 26 years.
Frashier led the team to a victory in the 2009 post-season and would be stepping down at a time when many believe Ripley Football is on the upswing. The Vikings finished 5-5 last season but it is widely believed that the squad will take a big step forward this fall.
“It has never been just about wins and losses for me. I care about the kids and their future and I have enjoyed every single minute as Ripley’s Football Coach,” said Frashier.
Frashier, a 1986 RHS graduate and Glenville State alumnus, was apprehensive when speaking directly about the administrative position he applied for. He currently serves as a graduation coach for Ripley High.
“There really is nothing for me to say right now. I am patiently waiting.”
Ripley High principal Will Hosaflook was very careful with words regarding the potential opening in the school’s most popular sport.
“All I will say right now is that we have not received a (coaching) resignation from Jimmy Frashier. If we do, I have no doubts that we will receive many quality applicants for the position.”