(WLTX) --- Keith Crolley told News19 Tuesday "It's better to go out 9-3 than 3-9."

The man who has led the Crestwood football program since its inception is stepping down after 16 seasons.

Crolley says he feels the time is right to step away from the sidelines although he will stay on at the school as a teacher.

This past season, the Knights finished tied for first in the region and advanced to the second round of the Class 3A playoffs. One of the signature wins was a 10-7 victory over Hartsville which snapped the Red Foxes' 21-game winning streak.

Crolley said he hopes one of his assistants will be promoted to head coach.

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