Big Walnut announced the resignation of football coach Joe Weaver on Nov. 18 in a post on its athletics website.

A 1994 Big Walnut graduate, Weaver coached the Golden Eagles for 11 seasons, compiling a 55-60 record, after having served nine seasons in the program as an assistant, including three years as defensive coordinator (2006-08).

With Weaver running the defense, Big Walnut won the Division III state championship in 2007 under former coach Scott Wetzel.

Under Weaver, the Golden Eagles reached the playoffs twice, advancing to the Division II, Region 7 final in 2010 and a Region 7 semifinal in 2011, and won two OCC-Capital Division championships.

Big Walnut tied New Albany and Olentangy Orange for first place in the league in 2011 and shared the league title with New Albany in 2017 despite finishing 4-6 overall.

“I have had an incredible experience as a coach here,” Weaver said in a statement. “I walk away with amazing memories of championships, big games, great plays, and most of all, great players. Over my time here, I have seen a lot of faces grow up wearing the wings, and I will cherish each memory. Each and every player will always hold a significant spot in my heart.”

The Golden Eagles finished 4-6 overall and 2-3 in the OCC-Capital this season. They haven’t had a winning season since 2014, when they went 7-3.

“I have witnessed for the last six years in my role as athletic director, the time and dedication coach Weaver has put toward the students of Big Walnut and Big Walnut football,” athletics director Brian Shelton said in a statement. “Coach Weaver has worked tirelessly at his position of head football coach year-round with relentless consistency and effort. I wish coach Weaver the best.”

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