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March 25, 2014

Rowan football coach leaving

Singleton joins Danville staff

MOREHEAD — Kyle Singleton is proud of the turnaround he’s been part of with Rowan County football, but that’s not nearly the most important aspect of his life.

Singleton resigned as the Vikings’ head coach Monday in order to spend more time with his family, he said.

Singleton said he will become Danville’s offensive coordinator, a job he expects to be less jealous of his time.

“I got a little man, a 2-year-old here at home, and one of his first phrases he learned was, ‘Bye, dad,’” Singleton said, “saying ‘bye’ because I’m going to practice or doing something with football, and that was really sort of weighing on me.

“I talk to the kids all the time about, you gotta have your priorities right, and gotta be your faith and your family and your future and your football. When you start having football climbing up that ladder too far, you gotta step back and evaluate what you’re doing.”

Singleton was the Vikings’ head coach for three years, during which time their cumulative record was 15-18. Rowan County reached the playoffs in each of his three seasons, losing at Covington Catholic in their postseason opener every year. The Vikings’ best season under his lead was his first, in 2011, when they went 8-3.

Singleton was the offensive coordinator on ShaDon Brown’s staff the three years prior to that. Rowan County was 21-13 under the Brown staff, including a 10-2 2010 season that included the Vikings’ first playoff win since 1984.

The Singleton-coordinated Rowan County offense averaged 42 points and 420.9 yards per game in 2010.

In 2011, Rowan County racked up 34.5 points and 430.5 yards an outing.

“We kind of turned (expectations) around to making the playoffs every year, and going into the playoffs with the expectation of trying to get a win,” Singleton said. “The overall, how we run the program and the attitude of the kids and kind of what their expectations are on the field, I think we’ve come leaps and bounds as far as that goes. The thing I’m most proud of is seeing the type of people these young men have become.”

Despite taking a job that’s a step down in prestige, Singleton knew he needed to spend more time with wife Natasha and son Augustus.

“It wasn’t a situation where I’m choosing Danville over Rowan County,” he said. “I’m choosing my family and my duties as a father and as a husband above being a head coach.”

Clay Clevenger is the Admirals’ head coach. Clevenger recruited Singleton as a high schooler from Madison Central to play at the University of the Cumberlands, Singleton said.

Danville went 6-6 last season.

ZACK KLEMME can be reached at zklemme@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2658.

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