Calhoun County head football coach Bill Kimrey is taking a leave of absence from the program, according to school officials.
A press release sent to WIS from Calhoun County School District states that Kimrey "is currently on medical leave and will return to his coaching responsibilities upon his return to work."
"Dad had a neck surgery before the season started and has been in a lot of pain this year," said Hammond head coach and Bill's son, Erik Kimrey. "He 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."
The announcement comes one day after players boycotted practice. The reason behind the team's action remains unclear.
CCHS Principal Barry Charley could not comment on the situation on Monday. Kimrey and Saints Athletics Director Justin Farmer could not be reached for comment.
"I know that his principal and his superintendent are supporting him fully," said Erik Kimrey. "I know that he's had some great years at Calhoun County going from not winning any games to having an undefeated regular season not long ago. I know he's thankful for the people who are thinking about him and praying for him.
Farmer will immediately assume the role of acting head coach.
Kimrey was hired as the head coach at Calhoun County in 2013. Since his arrival, the Saints have amassed a record of 27-22 with one region championship and three playoff appearances.
The Saints are currently 1-4 this year and are slated to take on Barnwell at home this Friday.
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