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Coaching icon steps down at Southwest DeKalb

1:38 AM, Feb 11, 2013   |    comments
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DECATUR, Ga. -- DeKalb County's winningest high school football coach is stepping down after serving 30 years at the same school.  Buck Godfrey chose Southwest Dekalb's annual football banquet to announce that the 2012 season was his last at the school.

Godfrey became head coach at SWD in 1983 and under his leadership the Panthers program was a powerhouse in the state of Georgia.  Godfrey's team won the class AAAA state championship in 1995 and his 273 career victories are the most by any DeKalb head football coach.  Godfrey is also 15th on the all-time list among football coaches in the state of Georgia.

When reached by phone, Godfrey told 11 Alive that it was his decision to step down at this time.  DeKalb County officials also confirmed that Godfrey was stepping down as football coach.  He retired from teaching 5 years ago.

Godfrey says he still wants to impact the lives of young people in some way. Godfrey, who has authored two books, now plans to finishing working on a book about Grambling coaching legend Eddie Robinson.  Robinson and Godfrey were personal friends.

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