Calhoun County Schools in St. Matthews announced on Monday that Calhoun County High head football coach Bill Kimrey has retired from his position after five seasons as coach within the Saints program.
According to the statement released by Calhoun County School District human resources director/press and information office manager George Kiernan, "the Calhoun County School District would like to thank Coach Kimrey for his many years of service to the students of Calhoun County. His dedication and commitment to the students in our county will be missed. We would like to wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors."
It has not yet been announced who will be the Saints head football coach for 2018.
Taking over a program that went 1-10 in 2012 before his arrival, Kimrey's Saints team went 0-10 in 2013 and then compiled a record of 27-12 through his final 39 games on the Calhoun County sideline. His Saints teams won one region title and made playoffs in four of his five seasons coaching the team.
The Times and Democrat left messages on Monday, in an attempt to reach Kimrey for comments, but was unsuccessful.
Kimrey was in his 34th season as a high school head football coach this past season, before taking leave from the team near mid-season.
In late September, prior to a Sept. 29 home football game against Barnwell, Kimrey took a medical leave. He did not return for the remainder of the season, nor for the Saints first-round 48-12 state playoff loss at Carvers Bay.
At the time of his medical leave, Kimrey was both the head football coach and dean of students at Calhoun County High School.
CCHS athletics director Justin Farmer, who assumed the role of acting head coach for the Saints football team for the latter portion of the 2017 season, said at the time that Kimrey could come back "tomorrow, or January, at anytime during the season; all of the above are possibilities."
Farmer served as interim head coach for the final six games of the campaign, leading the Saints to a 1-5 record that included a 13-12 home win against Allendale-Fairfax. The Saints finished with a 2-9 record.
Ironically, that same Allendale-Fairfax program is the only team that gave the Saints a loss in the 2015 season, when Kimrey led Calhoun County to an undefeated regular season and a 2-game run in state playoffs.
Hammond School head football coach Erik Kimrey, Bill Kimrey's son, had some comments for Midlands media members in September concerning his father's health and the family's situation.
The younger Kimrey cited a neck surgery that his father had prior to this season, which resulted in "a lot of pain this year." He said that his father "needs to get surgery on his foot; and my grandmother was diagnosed with ALS over the summer and he needs to care for her. So, I think he felt like it was best for him to step away at this point in time and focus on those things."