Sonoraville coach Jim Kremer talks to his players at the end of a practice last season. (Larry Greeson, For the Calhoun Times)

Jim Kremer announced his resignation as head football coach at Sonoraville High School on Friday after three seasons on the job.

Kremer went 21-13 in his three seasons at the helm and led the team to the Class AAA State Playoffs each season, including the team winning their first-round games each of the last two seasons. They were the first playoff wins in program history.

Before becoming head coach of the Phoenix in 2014, he served as defensive coordinator at the school the previous season following a four-year run from 2009-2012 as head coach at Adairsville.

Gordon County Schools Director of Communication Amy Parker released the following statement on Friday regarding Kremer’s resignation:

“On Friday morning, Sonoraville High School Head Football Coach Jim Kremer addressed the SHS football team and coaches in what was described as a very emotional meeting. 

Coach Kremer announced his resignation in order to pursue an opportunity in South Georgia that will allow him to work and be closer to his family in Orlando, Florida, so that he can assist in the care of his elderly mother and a brother who is fighting a battle with cancer. 

Sonoraville High principal Bruce Potts said, “Coach Kremer has established a solid program at SHS and will be greatly missed in the halls and practice fields of Sonoraville. We wish Coach Kremer and Kelly the best as they seek to transition closer to family and friends. Coach Kremer has established numerous relationships that will last a lifetime.”

The process for finding a replacement was shared with players and coaches by the administrative staff of Sonoraville High School, where they explained that the search for Coach Kremer’s replacement will begin immediately.”

Kremer, who also spent time as an assistant coach at Calhoun High earlier in his career, has a career head coaching record of 49-29 combined between Adairsville and Sonoraville and has led his teams to the playoffs in six of those eight seasons.

Kremer said that it was a tough decision to make to resign and commit to the new position, which is an assistant coaching spot at a school in South Georgia, but in the end it was what was best for him and his family.

“I’ve known about the opportunity for about a month now, and I’ve been weighing it all out,” said Kremer. I’ve gone back and forth several times, but I finally made the decision this week that this was what was best. It’s tough because I’ve developed so many relationships here, and we’ve got great kids, but in the end, it was what was best for my family.

“Head coaching is a tough gig, but I’ve really enjoyed my time here at Sonoraville. And my ego isn’t so big that I can’t enjoy being an assistant coach. Looking at all aspects, I felt like this is what was best for me.”

Kremer added that opportunities in coaching come along at different times and you might not get that opportunity again, but he felt like this was the right time to make a move.

“Sometimes opportunities come late and the door might not be open again,” said Kremer. “I’m 56 years old so I felt like I had to take advantage of this one, and after moving up to Calhoun in 1999 almost eight hours away from our family, getting the chance to be closer wasn’t something I could pass up.

“I feel like I’m leaving this program in really good shape. One thing about coaching is you’re in the kids business, and I think I can honestly say that I’ve been able to make a difference in a lot of these kids’ lives since being here.”

The Phoenix are scheduled to open Spring Practice the first week of May.