CHS's Pettis leaves program 'unfinished'; replacement sought

Kevin Pettis

Kevin Pettis addresses the Crestview football team during the first day of spring practice in May of 2011. Pettis announced his resignation Thursday to take the job as the head football coach at Sebastian River in Indian River County.

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Published: Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 05:27 PM.

CRESTVIEW — Crestview High School Principal Bob Jones announced today that Bulldog head football coach and athletic director Kevin Pettis has resigned to become head football coach at Sebastian River High School in Sebastian in Indian River County.

Pettis's last day at Crestview will be March 1.

"I am very sad that coach Pettis is leaving Crestview High," Jones said. "He has worked tirelessly and has made great strides in improving our football program. His work ethic and love for his players is admirable.

"As an old coach myself, (I've) come to appreciate what he does for his athletes. Last year, we had six players sign scholarships and we are going to have three more sign this year. He has pledged to me that, while he is still here, he will work to get the word out on next year's seniors since spring is an important time for recruiting."

Pettis finishes his tenure as the Crestview head coach with an 8-12 overall record and a 4-6 record in District 2-6A play. He also will have had nine players sign football scholarships as of Wednesday, National Signing Day. Six players from the 2011 team signed scholarships and three more are expected to sign Wednesday.

The opportunity to coach at Sebastian River was one Pettis didn't feel he could pass up.

"I guess the best way I can put it is I had an opportunity to go back down south where I did most of my coaching," he said. "I think Sebastian River is probably the best kept secret in the state of Florida.

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