PHILADELPHIA, Miss. -- Just two games into the 2018 season, Philadelphia head coach Bobby Hall has officially resigned as the head coach of the Tornadoes football team. Philadelphia started the year 0-1, with a loss to Bay Springs after its season opener with Ruleville Central was cancelled due to severe weather.
"I thought I was the man for this job....obviously, I am not" Hall said in a statement to WTOK. "I cannot get these children to respond to my leadership. So, I'm going to step aside and let someone else to take that role."
Hall was hired at Philadelphia in April, replacing longtime head coach Teddy Dyess after his departure to Magee.
He has won over 300 games in his coaching career, with four state championships to his credit.
This story will be updated with information from the Philadelphia School District.
Statement from the Philadelphia Public School District:
Philadelphia High School Football Coach Bobby Hall has resigned.
Coach David Frey has been named as the interim football coach.
“While we are saddened by Coach Hall’s departure, we are pleased that Coach Frey has accepted the position as the interim head football coach,” said Superintendent Dr. Lisa Hull. Coach Frey knows our athletes and the game plan that is in place for our team. He will step into the role and hit the ground running.
Coach Frey brings a lot of experience to the team. Coach Frey is in his fourth season as defensive coordinator for the Tornadoes. Before joining the Philadelphia Football Coaching staff, Coach Frey was at Nanih Waya and Kosciusko School Districts.
Our team, football coaches, and school will continue to support our program and push our student-athletes to achieve.
“I am excited about the opportunity to serve as the interim head football coach,” said Coach David Frey. “We have a solid tradition of winning, and my goal is to continue in the tradition. I am looking forward to serving as the head coach. Our assistant coaches play a major role in all coaching duties and responsibilities. I am looking for to working with the assistant coaches and with our athletes.”