Bristol, Va. -

News 5 WCYB Sports has learned that John Battle's Steve Wright has resigned as head football coach. Wright spoke Monday evening and explained his decision to step down.

"It's been a tough decision, something I've been dealing with for a few months," Wright told News 5 WCYB.

"I feel like I am being led to do something in Christian service."

School Athletic Director Tim Sholes confirmed to News 5 WCYB Sports Sunday that Wright informed school officials Friday he isn't returning to coach the Trojans next season.

Wright held a team meeting to tell his players Friday afternoon. We've learned his resignation surprised both school officials and players.

"They were surprised. That is always a tough situation when you have to tell a team that you are leaving. It was tough but we have great kids and they were understanding."

Wright took over a struggling program in 2011 and made an instant impact. In his second season he led them to three playoff wins and the state semifinals. The program had previously won just one playoff game.

"At this point I think I am probably finished coaching football. You never completely shut a door, but I feel like I am being led to do some other things in my spiritual life."

School officials expect to meet this week to discuss a plan to find a replacement.

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