PRICEVILLE — Jason Simmons has resigned as head football coach at Priceville to join the coaching at staff at Oxford High School in Calhoun County.

Simmons was at Priceville for one season (2-8) after being an assistant coach at Austin for six years. Simmons said he has been friends with new Oxford head coach Keith Etheredge for several years.

“We have tried to work together before, but the timing never was right,” Simmons said. “This is an opportunity I could not turn down.”

The move gets Simmons closer to family. His mother-in-law lives in Oxford. His parents live in nearby Sylacauga.

Etheredge is replacing Ryan Herring, who resigned after six seasons, 50 wins and five trips to the Class 6A playoffs.

Simmons replaced Dirk Strunk at Priceville. The Bulldogs under Strunk posted the school’s best record in 2015 (8-3) with quarterback Kaleb Barker, who now plays at Troy. Priceville has posted three seasons of 0-10, 2-8 and 2-8 since that playoff season.

“I hate leaving these kids,” Simmons said. “They are great kids. They’ve worked hard and have bought into what we’ve tried to do.”

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