Morton resigns as West Stanly football coach His decision comes after seven seasons as the Colts’ head coach November 22, 2023 Jesse Deal sports 0 RED CROSS — West Stanly High School’s head football coach Brett Morton announced on Nov. 14 that he has elected to resign from his position after seven seasons leading the Colts. “Stepping down is one of the hardest decisions I have ever had to make, but life outside of football has overtaken my priorities,” Morton said in an open letter on social media. “I don’t feel like I can adequately do the job of a head coach the way I feel it needs to be done, especially not the standard I have set for myself, and be there for my family the way I need to be there now.” “I have nothing but gratitude to everyone who has supported me in the program over the years. The support of the community has been amazing. Thank you for everything.” Morton’s decision to step down arrives after a 5-6 season where the Colts were knocked out of the first round of the N.C. High School Athletic Association’s 2A state playoffs by Randleman in a 43-0 shutout. West finished in fourth place in the Rocky River Conference with a 2-3 conference record. The coach missed two games during this past season due to health concerns, with assistant coach Charles Edwards filling his role in his absence. Overall, Morton’s Colt teams have had a 32-36 overall record, a 12-18 conference record and three playoff appearances during his tenure. At the time of his hiring in 2017, he took over for Eric Mormon, becoming the fifth West coach in a span of just seven years. After an initial 3-8 campaign in Morton’s first year, West finished with a winning record in the following four seasons, peaking with a 7-5 record in 2018 and a 8-3 record in 2019; the past three seasons have resulted in a combined 11 victories. “First and foremost, I want to say thank you to West Stanly for giving me the opportunity to fulfill a lifelong dream of being a head coach,” Morton continued. “To be able to do that at my alma mater and make an impact has been a blessing. I want to say an even bigger thank you to all the players that I have had the privilege to coach. Thank you for all your hard work and dedication. It means the world to me. The last seven seasons this is all I have basically lived and breathed, and there really is truly no off-season.” West Stanly is now advertising its head-coaching vacancy and is asking anyone interested in the role to send their resume and cover letter to athletic director Chad Yow at [email protected].