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May 18, 2012

Haynie leaves Webbers Falls

— Brian Haynie hates to say goodbye, but helping his family now is more important than coaching football at Webbers Falls High School.

He turned in his resignation earlier this week and today is his last day at the Class C school that he led to a 15-7 record in two years. Haynie said he’s going to help out at his family farm near McAlester.

“I hate to leave this place. I’m going to miss the people here,” he said. “But it’s one of the things I got to do. It got to the point where I’ve neglected my family for too long.”

Haynie has a 16-year-old daughter who was the starting third baseman for Savanna’s Class 2A state semifinalist fastpitch softball team this past fall.

“I only got to see her play one game and that’s not good,” he said. “She isn’t going to be a teenager forever. I need to be down there for her.”

Haynie said he isn’t leaving for another coaching job just yet.

“I’ll find a job in the private sector and once my daughter graduates, I’ll get back into coaching,” he said. “I’m going to the place where I grew up. Both of my grandparents are going to be 79 and they want to keep the farm like a golf course. I’m a country boy at heart.”

As a football coach, Haynie compiled a 27-45 career record in eight seasons including a 9-2 mark and the District C-4 title this past fall. The Warriors lost 52-6 in the first round of the playoffs at home against Coyle.

The Warriors return five offensive and six defensive starters for the 2012 season.

“Whoever steps in here will have a team ready to play,” Haynie said. “They’ve got great experience and great kids here.”

Interviews for the job begin on Wednesday.

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