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Chapman out at Pike Central, joins Perry Central staff

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PIKE COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) -- Pike Central head football coach John Chapman has resigned.

Chapman will join Perry Central as the top assistant on defense.

"I really wanted to get somebody that has head coaching experience, big game experience, has been through the ups and downs of multiple programs," Amis said on the phone. "And, you know, John Chapman, I got word that he was kind of wanting to move closer to home. You know, everybody is getting worked up over it, but he had been driving from Jackson to Pikeville for the past four years. You know, an older man that's three years away from retirement wanted to get close back to his family and it worked out for us and I'm really looking forward to it."

The five year coach at Pike Central took his Hawks to a 7-6 season, losing in the third round of the Class 3A playoffs.

Amis told WYMT that he and Chapman have only talked briefly.

"We have just talked about what his responsibilities are going to be," Amis said. "He's great at developing quarterbacks on the offensive side too -- that, I think, he can help us out with. Just really wanted somebody that's a proven winner and has won everywhere he has been. He has had some key roles everywhere he has been. People are going to doubt me, people are already doubting me because of my age and my experience."

"I just wanted to make sure that Perry Central football thought this thing through, and, you know we really want to get some experienced guys around me to help me through this."

Amis wanted chapman from the get-go.

"The first day I got hired, coach Chapman had already had connections to the Perry County board but it wasn't working out and so I said, 'Well we need to do what we can do to get him here because, you know, I really need a defensive minded guy over there with me -- somebody who really knows what he's doing. And it ended up working out."

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