Nearly two weeks after the Whiteville Wolfpack were eliminated from the high school football playoffs the team may have suffered an even greater loss.
The team's second-year coach Bob lewis has resigned effective immediately. A source close to the team indicates the program will move quickly to fill the vacancy.
For Lewis, the move wasn't an easy one but couldn't be avoided.
After leaving Clinton Lewis retired and began collecting on his pension. A rule that went into effect this year does not allow a State employee who has already started collecting their pension also earn a paycheck from the State of North Carolina.
Lewis has been coaching high school football in eastern North Carolina four decades, including four state championships at Clinton, one at East Bladen and one at Harrells Christian Academy. Under Lewis the Wolfpack finished the 2009 season with a 9-4 record after finishing just 4-7 in 2008.
The school will begin a search for Lewis' replacement immediately.