Sutherland Calls It Quits
Sutherland's resignation becomes effective this June.
Sutherland's tenure at Hickman includes six winning seasons and three district titles, but recent seasons have been mired in mediocrity. Cross-town rival Rock Bridge took down Hickman in the district semifinals on Wednesday. The defeat ensured a third consecutive losing season for the Kewpies with an overall record of 13-15.
"Well, I just thought it was time. Like calling a timeout," said Sutherland. "I think it's time to move on to something else."
While Sutherland said his decision to step down was based primarily on "instincts," he did not rule out a return to coaching elsewhere.
"There might be another coaching job somewhere, but I think it's time to leave Hickman now," he explained.
Sutherland's resignation leaves Hickman Athletic Director Doug Mirts with a second coaching vacancy. Hickman's head football coach, Gregg Nesbitt, stepped down Tuesday to accept a defensive assistant coach position with Central Methodist University.