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Magnolia's Batton Steps Down From Head Coaching Positions

Updated: Saturday, January 4 2014, 01:29 AM EST

Magnolia High alum Mark Batton has announced his retirement from his positions as head football and softball coach. He informed his teams of his decision on Thursday.

Batton tells NEWS9 he had been waiting on the right time to step down, and now was that time.  He cites wanting to spend more time with family as the most important reason for retiring from coaching.  Batton also says he wanted to focus his time and energy on his new position at the high school. He was named Assistant Principal before the current school year.

Batton spent 15 years as the head football coach at his alma mater, while also serving as softball coach for nearly half that time.  He was also an assistant football coach for 13 years

Batton posted a career football record of 119-56. His 2010 Blue Eagles squad won the West Virginia Class AA state championship.  His final two teams reached the state semifinals in Class A.

Magnolia has first opportunity to coach West Virginia in the 2014 OVAC All-Star Game based on its finish in OVAC Class 3A this season. Batton says he will not coach in the game.

If Magnolia's new staff is not able to coach in the game, Linsly would be next up to lead the Mountain State all-stars.


Magnolia's Batton Steps Down From Head Coaching Positions

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