Northwestern High School football coach Jimmy "Moose" Wallace told The Herald recently a day didn't pass without him thinking about hanging it up after 38 years of coaching.
, who turns 61 in May, won't be coaching season No. 39.
met with Northwestern principal James Blake and school athletics director Bill Warren before lunch Friday and submitted his
resignation as head football coach, effective immediately.
Wallace has been a head football coach for 28 years - 22 of those at Northwestern, the other six at Lewisville High School in Chester County, where he won one state championship.
The Trojans have been a Class AAAA powerhouse under Wallace
, who just completed 24 straight seasons of at least 10 victories.
In December, Wallace
led Northwestern to its third state championship in eight tries on his
watch, winning the Class AAAA Division II title.
The team's 15-0 record marked the Trojans' first undefeated season in varsity football.
"Over his career, (Wallace) built Northwestern into a notable football power, well respected around the state," Warren said.
Coach Wallace can never be replaced," Warren said.
"We had a special group of kids to work with this season," Wallace
told The Herald several weeks ago.
On Friday afternoon, Wallace
met with nearly 200 players to notify them of his
challenged them to continue to strive both in the classroom and on the field.
The meeting included his right-hand man, William "Q-Rock" Curreton, who has worked for Wallace
the last 18 years.
"Coach Wallace has been like a daddy to me ... been good to me," Curreton said.
Wallace is a member of the York County Sports Hall of Fame and in July will be inducted into the S.C. Athletic Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
He graduated from Rock Hill High School, where he was a standout offensive lineman and was voted "Mr.
Bearcat" by his
senior classmates in 1968.
Wallace graduated from Appalachian State University in Boone, N.C.
Wallace was an assistant coach at York and Rock Hill before becoming Lewisville's head coach in 1981, where he went 15-0 and won the Class A state championship in 1986 before moving to Northwestern.
"Coach Wallace is going to be missed by the Northwestern family," Warren said.
Wallace will continue his duties as assistant athletic director and weightlifting instructor at Northwestern through the end of his contract, which expires at the end of June.