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Tarius Davis, 9-year head coach of the Vinton High School football program, recently announced he is stepping down.

After nine seasons at the helm of the Vinton High School football program, Tarius Davis has decided to step down.

He announced his departure Friday morning.

"After almost a decade as the head football coach, I will not be returning to Vinton High School for the 2020 season," Davis said. "My family and I look forward to the opportunities ahead and writing the next chapters in our lives.

"I enjoyed the (players) that I have coached. We would have liked to win more games, but my time here has been great. I enjoyed the guys I worked with. I got to give them a lot of credit for what we have done. They had the same vision as I had."

Davis went 43-56 with seven consecutive playoff appearances from 2013 to 2019.

"Going into Thanksgiving break, my plan was to still be head coach," Davis said. "But I knew that it was possible that it could change.

"Over the last week, it changed. We invested a lot here. I moved my family here five years ago and I had planned to be here till at least my boys got through high school. The season ended and we started looking at it and felt that things had run their course here. I felt like it would be a good time to start looking at other opportunities for my family."

In 2011, Davis took over a program that hadn't had a winning season since 2006 or won more than two games in its last three seasons, including an 0-10 mark in 2009.

After two 3-7 seasons, Davis led the Lions to back-to-back quarterfinal appearances, the first time the program had done that since a run of two state titles in 1935 and 1936 and a semifinal run in 1937.

Vinton's 10-win season in 2013 was it's first since 2006 when it went 10-3 and reached the quarterfinals under current Westlake head coach John Richardson.

Davis said his coaching career is not over and expects to be coaching somewhere next season.

"I am going to take my time and do my due diligence, but I am going to coach football somewhere next year and I feel somebody is going to get a good football coach," he said.

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