Gilliland resigns at Oneonta




After five years as head coach of the Oneonta Redskins, Gardner Gilliland resigned yesterday (Tuesday) morning.

“It’s something I’ve been thinking about for a while,” he said. “I’ve got three young kids and I just didn’t want to look back in 10 years and regret the time that I had missed with them.”

Gilliland, who has been at Oneonta for the past 12 years, compiled a 40-18 record as head coach and twice guided the Redskins to the quarterfinals, including an 11-2 mark in 2008 that ended with a loss to eventual state runner-up Cherokee County.

His best record at Oneonta came in 2005 when the Redskins, who were ranked No. 1 in Class 3A the entire year, went 12-1 and lost to T.R. Miller 20-13 in the 3A quarterfinals.

In 2009, Oneonta was 8-3 on the year and finished No. 3 in 4A Region 6. The Redskins led late at Fayette County before falling 32-27 in the first round of the playoffs.

“First of all, we are very appreciative of what Coach Gilliland has done for our school,” said Oneonta High principal Keith Bender. “Second, we are proud that he is part of our staff and will continue to play a role in our program.

“It’s too early to say exactly what kind of time frame we are looking at as far as getting a replacement but we will need to move quickly with spring training starting in a couple of weeks.”

Oneonta is scheduled to compete in the Blount County Spring Jamboree at Appalachian later this spring. The Redskins are to face Appalachian and Cleveland on Thursday, May 20.