Elba head football coach resigns following controversy

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ELBA, Ala. (WDHN) — Pate Harrison has resigned from his position as Elba High School’s head football coach, according to Superintendent Chris Moseley.

The superintendent made the announcement during a special-called meeting with the school board Monday.

Harrison was placed on administrative leave following an incident involving his son at a football game in which his son reportedly told him to shut up, which led to Harrison losing his temper.

A live stream of the game caught the incident, showing Harrison rush after his son and push him on the sidelines.

Board members gather for a special meeting Monday morning (Mike Gurspan).

Harrison later issued an apology for his behavior, saying there was no excuse for what he did. It was deleted, although screenshots of the post were passed around.

“I am truly sorry that my actions has put the team in a bind and the extra work on the coaches,” Harrison wrote. “The program is bigger than any one person and I know the team will continue to be successful.”

Harrison’s actions caused a debate in the public forum, with some people supporting the coach’s actions as a parent and others saying it was inappropriate in the context of the game.

Glen Johnson will serve as the acting coach for the football team in Harrison’s place.

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