Jeb Coe

Jeb Coe

WHITE HOUSE -- Macon County High School boys head soccer coach Jeb Coe announced to his players that he is stepping down after the fifth-seeded Tigers suffered a 1-0 loss at White House Heritage -- the No. 4 seed -- in a District 9-AA Tournament quarterfinal match played on Friday evening.

The two teams played in Lafayette on April 22, with Macon County capturing a 4-2 victory.

In the rematch, the Patriots scored in the 66th minute, taking advantage of a ball that deflected off of a Macon County defender. That resulted in a one-on-one opportunity, and White House Heritage converted.

The Tigers ended the season with a 5-7-2 record and lose seven seniors -- Mauricio Angulo, German Candido, Zach Goad, Carlos Hernandez, Jordan Powell, Clay West and Cameron Wohlgamuth.

The Patriots moved on to face cross-town rival and top seed White House in the semifinal round.

Coe has led the boys program for six seasons.

"I've spent many nights in prayer over it," Coe said. "I felt that I had given it my best. I've gotten the program more respected than we've been before. I've gotten them to a plateau.

"They need someone to come in and carry them over the mountain."

The program's best season came in 2017, when Macon County had an 8-3-1 record and won the District 8 A-AA East Division. The past two seasons have been more challenging as the Tigers are now in District 9-AA, along with White House, Beech, White House Heritage and Springfield.

"The biggest key is being able to incorporate coaches to help out," Coe said. "We were able to play a possession game the last several years. Before, it was a direct game. To give yourself a chance to win big games (involves) playing that style and getting them to buy into that. It was learning how to play a better style."

Coe served as the Macon County Junior High girls coach from 2012-13, as the Macon County Junior High boys coach in 2013 and also as the Macon County High girls head coach from 2013-15.

Coe plans to spend more time with his family, which includes three children who are age 9 and younger.

"I've definitely enjoyed the experience," Coe said. "I will miss coaching. I will definitely enjoy spending more time with my family. That's issue No. 1. The amount of time you have to spend getting your team ready takes time away from your family. I just need to spend time with my family.

"Special thanks to Terrance Pryor -- who has been my assistant coach for four years -- Ben Cook, Sebastian Brawner, Craig Cothron, Brian Carter and of course, Mr. (Tracy) Strong, who hired me when he was the athletic director (at Macon County High)... and Mr. (Tony) Boles, Mr. (B.J.) West and Mrs. (Beverly) Shoulders for allowing me to stay on as coach and to my family for the sacrifice they've made."