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Murray's Duncan resigns as coach

By Daniel Paulling dpaulling@paducahsun.com

Murray head football coach Steve Duncan has resigned to spend more time with his family.

He went 63-16 in his six-year career with the Tigers. Last season, they made the quarterfinals of the Class 2A state tournament but were eliminated by eventual state champion DeSales 38-0.

Duncan said he made the decision in order to try to coach with a family member.

"Vince Lombardi said it was God, family and football," Duncan said. "I think the good Lord's leading me to spend some time with my family. Praise the Lord, we can do some football with it, too."

The Tigers went 14-21 in the three seasons before Duncan took over.

"The high school program wasn't in the greatest shape, to be quite honest," Tigers defensive coordinator Tony Boone said. "He told me, 'I think we could get this program built up in the next couple of years and have it in shape when Dylan (Boone, Tony's son) gets here.'"

The younger Boone, who committed to play football at Murray State, enjoyed his time with Duncan.

"He had a huge impact on my life," Boone said. "He definitely made a huge impact on the football program. He was just a great football coach, and he's a great leader. He really knows how to get a team fired up and ready to play. He knew the right way to get his mood across."

Murray athletic director Jim Baurer, who learned of Duncan's resignation late Tuesday afternoon, believes the replacement process will start soon and that Duncan will be sorely missed.

"I don't think we could ask for a finer coach to lead our young men," Baurer said. "Not only in football but in serving as a role model, holding our athletes accountable, encouraging them to do the right thing. He'll really be missed by me, because he was a great coach to work with."

The 57-year-old Duncan, who will leave his job as a special education teacher at the end of the semester, plans to eventually retire in Murray. But for now, he'll look for another coaching position.

"I was very, very happy at Murray," Duncan said. "I can't think of a better place to coach and live. Somebody is going to have a lot of fun, the next coach after me."

Call Daniel Paulling, a Sun sports writer, at 270-575-8662, or follow on Twitter @DanielPaulling.

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