David Atkins has resigned as the athletics director at North Forsyth High School after nine years.

Atkins, also a science teacher, said he wanted the opportunity to “do other things.”

“I just basically over the summer sat back and talked to (Principal Rodney Bass),” Atkins said Tuesday. “We mutually agreed to let the reins go and get some new energy into the position. I’m looking down the road at maybe other places, teaching opportunities, AD opportunities, maybe administration opportunities.

“I could still do a good job, but we wanted someone to come in and get some energy and maybe some different insight for the program. I love North Forsyth, and it’s always been good to me.”

Bass said that Sean Vestal, the varsity boys basketball coach and an assistant under Atkins, has taken over as the interim AD. Bass said he hopes to name a permanent AD in the next two weeks.

“Right now, the plan for him is to stay here and teach but that’s really up to him,” Bass said of Atkins, adding that Atkins did a great job as AD. “He’s a great teacher. I think Coach Vestal will step up and do a great job, and he has already. He has already stepped up and started helping with eligibility checks and making sure everyone is on the up and up.”

Atkins was hired as the AD at North in 2004, after eight years at Reynolds, where he was a teacher, assistant AD and assistant football coach. A native of Mount Airy, Atkins also taught and coached at Mount Airy and at old Ashe Central High.

Atkins graduated from North Surry in 1984, received a bachelor’s degree in biology from Western Carolina in 1989 and later received master’s degrees in middle-school science and school administration from Appalachian State.

Atkins, 47, said he didn’t feel as if he was quitting but that he just felt it was time to do something new. He said he was looking at other jobs in the school system. Atkins also said that if he remains at North, he is willing to help with athletics in any way he can.

“It’s nothing I had done, but after nine years I needed to be reenergized and look at a change,” Atkins said. “So I’ll look at opportunities and possibly go into administration. Sometimes you just need to be recharged. I think I have done a good job at North and worked hard and tried to do the right things.

“I love the school and love the people. It’s just more about what’s best for North. I have to be honest and I want to do what’s best for the school.”

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