D190928 Decatur Lawrence County football

Lawrence County's Richard Dutton . [DAN BUSEY/DECATUR DAILY]

The longest-tenured high school football coach in Lawrence County is leaving Lawrence County High School to pursue other coaching opportunities.

At Monday night’s meeting, the Lawrence County School Board accepted the resignation of Rich Dutton, who amassed a record 38-56 since taking the reins of the football team in 2012.

Dutton led the Red Devils to the playoffs four times in the past six seasons.

“I’ve enjoyed my time here at Lawrence County High, and it was wonderful to return to my alma mater to coach,” he said. “The school has shown me a lot of love. It is time for me to explore other coaching opportunities.”

The board named Michael Hathorn as the interim coach through May.

Dutton also taught Spanish at Lawrence County High. His resignation took effect Friday.

“We hate to lose him,” said school board member Reta Waldrep. “He’s going to find a good job.”

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