South Pittsburg head football coach Vic Grider announced his resignation on Wednesday evening after 16 seasons in charge of the Class 1A power. 

Grider led the Pirates to three state championships (1999, 2007 and 2010), 10 district or region, 11 10-win seasons and won nearly 80 percent of games. 

He helped lead South Pitt to the 1994 state championship as defensive coordinator under then-head coach Danny Wilson. The 46-year-old Grider played for the Pirates in the 80s, for his father Don Grider, who led the program from 1969-92. 

Grider, who is the school’s athletic director, softball coach and acting principal, does plan to stay at South Pittsburg, and hopes to have a replacement hired by February.