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Carroll McCray will not return at Gardner-Webb

Carroll McCray will not return as the head coach at Gardner-Webb, the school announced Sunday.

"As we move on to the next chapter for our football program, we owe a debt of gratitude to Carroll McCray for his time here as head coach," said Gardner-Webb president Dr. William Downs. "No one has worked harder for these young men and this institution. Significant improvements within the program have been made, particularly in the classroom. For that we are very thankful."

"Our plan is to move accurately and decisively in the search for our next head coach. This hire is of extreme importance," added Downs.

Gardner-Webb is an FCS school of roughly 3,600 students in Boiling Springs, N.C. The Bulldogs compete in the Big South Conference.

As the head coach at his alma mater, McCray posted a 27-53 mark in seven seasons, including a 3-9 record this season. The Bulldogs closed their season with a 42-14 loss to Kennesaw State on Saturday.

Prior to Gardner-Webb, McCray spent 2012 as the head at Division II North Greenville. He was also Austin Peay's head coach from 2003-06.

"Coaching at Gardner-Webb was a dream of mine that was achieved, and for that I am grateful," McCray said. "I do feel that we left the program in much better shape than we found it. I hope each and every young man who played for us knows how much we cared about them on and off the field."

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