MIAMI — James Cheatham, who stepped down as Miami High School football coach last month, submitted a letter of resignation as athletic director and MHS assistant principal on Friday.
Cheatham was 11-29 in four seasons as the Wardogs’ head coach.
“I have a couple things in the works already,” Cheatham said. “I feel like I have a couple good prospects, both in education and out of education. I am open.
“I am excited about what the future holds.”
He’s focusing on getting the 2016-17 school year wrapped up.
“My mission is clear right now: we’re going to finish this semester strong,” Cheatham said. “There’s plenty of day-to-day athletic director duties and operations to make things run smooth. I am going to continue to do that and do everything I can in working with Mrs. Munson (Miami High School principal Lisa Munson) and Mr. Hogan to have a smooth transition. That helps everybody.”
The Wardogs were 1-9 this past season while playing in what could be the toughest football district in the state.
District 4A-3 rivals Wagoner and Oologah finished 1-2 for the third straight year and Tulsa Cascia Hall has been a semifinalist during that stretch, also.
“We appreciate everything Coach Cheatham has done. He’s done a great job with the Miami Public Schools and he will continue to do so through the end of the school year,” MPS superintendent Dr. Jeremy Hogan said. “We are very appreciative of his hard work and dedication”
Cheatham succeeded Rick Woods as the Wardogs’ head coach.
Cheatham was defensive coordinator, coordinator of leadership, academic advisor and retention specialist at Northeastern A&M before making the 1-mile move to MHS.
“Now that he has resigned his other duties, that kinda opens it up a little where possibly a football coach could come in and be the athletic director,” Hogan said.
Hogan said resumes would be accepted for the next couple weeks.
He’s hoping that someone can be hired and in place by March or April.
“Samantha (his wife) and I have always looked at coaching and education as a ministry and our opportunity to impact young people,” Cheatham said. “I want to help build leaders for tomorrow. We will see what God has for us in the future.”