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Joe Marion out as Stratford head football coach

Joe Marion

Stratford head football coach Joe Marion tells Sports4 He is out as the Knights' head coach.

Marion took over for Ray Stackley in 2014, who said he needed to retire to spend more time with his four grandchildren. Stackley coached for three decades, and he was inducted into the South Carolina Coaches Association's Hall of Fame in 2008.

Following a Hall of Fame coach is no easy task. Marion finishes his time at the helm with only one winning season and a 12-28 record over four years.

Stratford High School varsity football wins/losses under Joe Marion

2017 - 2-9

2016 - 1-9

2015 - 4-7

2014 - 5-3

Marion said he absolutely still wants to coach, has put his name out there, and is looking elsewhere for coaching jobs.

He plans to stay at Stratford as a teacher now until he finds something else.

"On behalf of Stratford High School, I would like to thank Coach Joe Marion for his dedication to Stratford football and his willingness to lead our Knights as our head coach these past four seasons," said Stratford Principal Heather Taylor. "Coach Marion has invested 29 seasons with Stratford football so he will definitely be missed on the sidelines. We will begin our search for a new head coach immediately and are excited about the future of our program."

Marion is one of at least two coaches in Berkeley County School District who were known to be moving on to other positions as of Friday. Chris Candor, the head football coach at Goose Creek, confirmed he was also leaving his position.

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