Aiken High School head football coach and athletic director J.W. Montgomery is resigning after two years with the program in order to spend more time with his family.

Montgomery's wife died in April after a six-year battle with cancer and he's stepping away from coaching to raise his two kids.

"I need to focus on them," Montgomery said. "I couldn't continue in my current role as athletic director and head coach and be able to do that."

Montgomery took over the Aiken High football program in 2017, replacing Brian Neal. He had previous coaching roles at Irmo, Dutch Fork and Lower Richland.

Montgomery revitalized the Hornets' offense, with the team spreading the ball around more in recent years. Aiken passed for more than 2,000 yards during the 2018 season. The Hornets were 0-10 in 2017 and 1-9 in 2018.

"It was fun being here," Montgomery said. "I'll always consider myself to be a Green Hornet. I'll always have them in my heart."

The opening was posted on the Aiken County School District's website on Tuesday.

‚ÄčEric Russell is the multimedia editor at the Aiken Standard. Contact him at 803-644-2396.