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Nick Flanagan's brief tenure at Shoals Christian is over.

Felicia Jones, the head of school at Shoals Christian, confirmed Wednesday that Flanagan resigned as athletic director, football coach and baseball coach effective Monday.

Flanagan was hired in May to replace Patrick Malone, who held all three jobs before leaving for Austin. Flanagan resigned before he ever had a chance to coach baseball.

“He made the decision to resign his position as football coach, athletic director and baseball coach for personal reasons,” Jones said Wednesday.

Asked to elaborate on what reasons Flanagan gave, Jones said: “He said it’s for personal reasons. We have to respect that.”

Flanagan did not respond to a message left on his phone Tuesday or a text message Wednesday afternoon offering a chance to comment.

Football did not go well for the Flame this year. Once again limited by a small roster even by Class 1A standards, Shoals Christian had a number of players get hurt this year and has utilized middle-schoolers on occasion to try to build depth.

Shoals Christian finished the season 2-8 with a 27-24 win over Alabama School for the Deaf and a 38-18 win over a winless Vina team that has scored a total of 35 points all season.

Flanagan spoke this summer about working over the next few years to build up Shoals Christian football, and as recently as the Oct. 19 win over Vina he promised SCS would develop its football program in the coming years.

“We’re going to be better,” Flanagan said that night.

Jones said the top priority is finding a baseball coach because that season is approaching, and she said that search is happening swiftly but not haphazardly and the school is “prayerful about the person that we get.”

Jones said it’s too early to say if SCS will hire one person to serve in multiple capacities as Malone and Flanagan did.

“At this time we’ve not made that decision what that role is going to look like,” she said. “We’re open to all possibilities.”

Unlike football, Shoals Christian has had baseball success recently and is an annual participant in the state tournament.

Shoals Christian won the 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2015 Class 1A state championships and was runner-up in 2013. Last year the Flame swept Belgreen in the first round of the playoffs before falling to Athens Bible.

As the head of school, Jones will act as athletic director until a permanent one is hired.

Contact Craig at Craig.Thomas@TimesDaily.com. Follow him on Twitter: @TD_CraigThomas

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