Shores resigns as Pell City head coach
by DAVID ATCHISON
The Pell City High School head football coach and one assistant coach submitted letters of resignation Tuesday.

Assistant Superintendent Michael Barber confirmed Tuesday that Panthers athletic director and head football coach David Shores and assistant football coach Jon Clements submitted letters.

He said although the two coaches have submitted letters of resignation, the Board of Education has not taken any action on the matter.

Barber said a called school board meeting is set for Thursday at 4 p.m.

It is expected at that time the board will take action on the resignations and on Shores’ replacement.

Barber said Superintendent Dr. Bobby Hathcock is expected to recommend that current offensive coordinator, Coach Brooks Dampeer, serve as interim head football coach until further notice.

Barber declined comment about the specifics of Tuesday’s resignations.

Shores was hired as head football coach for the Pell City Panthers in February 2011.

The Panthers improved from a 4-6 season to a 6-4 record in Shores’ first season as head coach.

Last year, Shores improved the Panthers’ record with a 7-4 overall season record, collecting a 6-1 mark in region action and earning a trip to the state playoffs.

Pell City lost to the Hoover Buccaneers in the second round of the state playoffs.

The Buccaneers were the eventual state Class 6A champions for the 2012 season.

Before coming to Pell City, Shores was head coach at Spain Park, leading the Jaguars to the Class 6A quarterfinals with a 10-3 record in 2009.

The board was aware at the time it hired Shores that he was placed on paid administrative leave after an incident involving physical contact with a player during a football practice in October 2010.

Shores maintained he did nothing wrong and said the player in question attacked him.

Shores said in February 2011 that he did not fight back or do anything to justify his removal as Spain Park’s head football coach.

About two months after the incident, a settlement was reached between Shores and the Hoover School Board.

In accordance with the agreement, Shores was transferred from his teaching and coaching position at Spain Park to assistant athletic director for the school system.

Shores was not available for immediate comment Tuesday.

The Daily Home was unable to reach Clements for comment Tuesday. Clements served as the Panthers strength and conditioning coach. Prior to coming to Pell City, Clements was offensive line coach at Lincoln High School.

Dampeer served as offensive coordinator at Spain Park High School before coming to Pell City.

Contact David Atchison at datchison@dailyhome.com.

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