By: Fletcher Keel | WCTV Eyewitness Sports
January 28, 2020
VALDOSTA, Ga. (WCTV) -- Valdosta High School football coach Alan Rodemaker has been fired by the Valdosta City School Board Tuesday night following a 5-4 vote.
BREAKING NEWS: Alan Rodemaker fired by Valdosta City School board tonight, 5-4 vote. #HSFB— SoGaFootball (@SoGaFootball) January 29, 2020
Rodemaker was named head coach prior to the 2016 season and went 36-17 in his four years with VHS. Rodemaker led the 'Cats to a state title in his inaugural campaign.
The Wildcats went 10-3 in 2019, falling in the third round of the Georgia high school playoffs to Richmond Hill, 16-14.
Rodemaker's son, Tate, committed to Florida State in December.
Rodemaker told WCTV's sister station WALB that he plans to speak with the superintendent and the team, including his son, about being let go and then decide what he plans to do next.
In a statement to WCTV on Wednesday, Valdosta City Schools said,
"During the Valdosta Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, January 28, the renewal of Valdosta Wildcats' head football coach, Alan Rodemaker, was on the agenda for discussion and vote during the board's executive session. At the conclusion of executive session, the board voted in favor to release Rodemaker from his coaching responsibilities."
VCS said no further information can be released, as is their policy with all personnel matters.
2020 will see both of the major schools in Valdosta have new head coaches. Former Lowndes head coach Randy McPherson announced his retirement following the Vikings appearance in the state title game.
This is a developing story.