Howard's head coach Alvin Tarver watches the game against Boyd-Buchanan at Boyd-Buchanan High School. Chattanooga Times Free Press Staff File Photo.
Alvin Tarver has stepped down as the head football coach at the Howard School for Academics and Technology.
Tarver said he plans to continue teaching personal finance and physical education at the school and will be part of the selection committee for a new coach, but will not return to the sideline in any capacity next season.
“It was extremely tough for me to make this decision,” Tarver said. “But that’s part of life, making tough decisions and moving on. I just knew it was time. Football is a big part of my life but it’s not my life. My parents are still alive, but I only get to see them about four times a year because of how busy my schedule has been with coaching. I want to spend some quality family time with them, plus be able to do some things that I’ve wanted to for myself but couldn’t.”
Tarver, 55, has taken Howard to the playoffs four times in his six years. His six-year record was 39-25, and Howard had 13 players sign college scholarships during his tenure.
For more on this story, read Thursday’s Times Free Press sports section.
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