West Charlotte High football coach Andrew Jordan told the Observer he will not coach the Lions this season. West Charlotte athletics director Chris Satterfield confirmed the change Tuesday afternoon.
Jordan, 42, said he was stepping down after several meetings with school administrators. Satterfield said the Lions will move immediately to find a replacement.
Jordan played at West Charlotte and graduated in 1990. He played college football at North Greenville and Western Carolina. He was a sixth round draft pick by the Minnesota Vikings in 1994 and played eight seasons with the Vikings, Philadelphia and Tampa Bay.
Jordan coached offensive linemen last season under former Lions coach Mo Collins, who died unexpectely in October. Last season, West Charlotte finished 5-7, its most wins since 2010. Jordan was the Lions’ third head coach in three seasons and the school’s fifth in nine seasons. Once one of the state’s best programs, West Charlotte has had one winning season in the past six.
In January, when Jordan was hired, Satterfield said Jordan was chosen from more than 50 applicants. Now, Jordan is gone before he coached a game.
“I’m stepping down,” Jordan said. “I’m kind of disappointed. I wanted to continue on what Mo had started. I didn’t get a chance to do it and everything happens for a reason, and I’ll look for an opportunity elsewhere.”