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Martin balks on Albany High job, saying Friday 'Thanks, but no thanks'

One day Mike Martin wants the Albany High job, the other he doesn't. Martin offically turned down the position Friday, saying he is staying in Effignham County, the decision coming less than three days after saying it was likely he would be the school's next coach.

One day Mike Martin wants the Albany High job, the other he doesn't. Martin offically turned down the position Friday, saying he is staying in Effignham County, the decision coming less than three days after saying it was likely he would be the school's next coach.

Former Westover assistant and Windsor Forest head football coach Mike Martin told The Herald on Friday that, after originally accepting the offer to be Albany High School's new football coach, he now has decided to decline it.

"After really talking with my family, I kind of decided it was not quite the time," Martin said. "My daughter has another year of high school (at Effingham County). And the way the economy is, trying to sell the home and everything, I didn't want to have to take a big loss selling my home and making that move.

"I hated to pull out, but we'll just stay over here a little while longer."

Martin resigned from Windsor Forest in November after a 6-5 season, and was 29-25 as a coach during his five-year reign there.

If Martin had not changed his mind on the job offer, it's possible he could have become the Indians' new full-time coach, pending an approval by the Dougherty County Board of Education.

"I'm just wanting to thank them for the opportunity, and it was a pleasure actually being asked to take over that program," Martin said.