Berryville coach announces his retirement

Friday, March 27, 2015

Berryville High School football coach Lee Atkins has announced his retirement.

Atkins has coached more than 230 football games in a career that has spanned more than 20 years. He made stops in Tennessee and North Carolina before coming to Berryville.

He said is looking forward to the free time he will have on his hands.

"At this time, I have no future plans except to spend time with my family and friends," Atkins said.

While Atkins is looking forward to retirement, he said he will always miss certain aspects of coaching.

"It's been great watching the kids grow up from freshmen and sophomores and see them become outstanding young men," Atkins said. "Just being able to share that small time with them as they make memories on the gridiron has been special."

Atkins said the most memorable moment of his career came at Berryville.

"It was the last game against Pea Ridge and last touchdown of the 2013 season when Ethan Chapin caught a pass from Austin Carr," Atkins said. "I think it was 82 yards, and that won that final game for us that season. It was an amazing play."

Atkins and his family plan on moving west, but he said Berryville will always hold a special place in his heart.

"There is beautiful scenery here, and great people," Atkins said. "I appreciate all the parents and players, and I will certainly miss the kids."

Atkins compiled a 5-15 record in two seasons as the football coach at Berryville.

At press time, Berryville schools had no comment on Atkins' retirement or plans to find a new coach.

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