Byrum steps down as Hunt football head coach

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Keith Byrum confirmed Wednesday evening that he has resigned as the varsity football head coach at Hunt High, where he has coached for 20 years.

Byrum, who became the Warriors’ sixth head coach in 2016, said he told his players Tuesday that he would not be back as head coach for a fourth season.

Byrum, who served as an assistant coach either at the junior varsity or varsity level for 17 years, assumed the head coaching role when Stevie Hinnant retired in the spring of 2016. Byrum teams posted a 10-23 mark in his three seasons.

The Warriors struggled in the first two seasons under Byrum, going 3-8 each year, but the 2018 version won its first two games and was 3-1 before a spate of injuries sent Hunt spiraling to a 4-7 mark. That included a forfeit loss to Havelock in a game that was canceled following a fight between Hunt and Fike players after their game Nov. 1 at Hunt. 

Byrum, along with Fike head coach Tom Nelson, was part of a committee of Wilson County Schools officials that made the decision to end the season for both teams.

Hunt principal Eddie Doll was unavailable for comment Wednesday.