Corky Rogers, the winningest high school football coach in state history, is stepping down as head coach at The Bolles School immediately due to lingering health issues.
Rogers, who has won 10 state titles with the Bulldogs over 28 seasons and has compiled a 465-84-1 record in 45 years, told the Times-Union Monday that he doesn’t have the energy required to continue in a head coaching capacity.
“I’ve always wanted to do the job by making sure I can put everything into it,” said the 73-year-old Rogers. “I just can’t do it. I still have the desire to coach, but it’s not fair to the players because the energy isn’t there for me to do it the way it needs to be done.”
Wayne Belger, who has been Rogers’ top offensive assistant and line coach dating back to his coaching years at Lee High, will take over as head coach. There will a press conference on Tuesday on the Bolles campus to address the transition.
Rogers has been plagued by various health issues in recent years, including heart bypass surgery in 2013. Last summer, he was taken ill while vacationing in North Carolina and coached the 2016 season despite facing several challenges related to a long-standing Hepatitis C condition that has since required repeated fluid-draining procedures at Mayo Clinic.