Cape steps down as Howard football coach

jheeter@macon.comNovember 13, 2012 

Howard head football coach David Cape resigned Tuesday after two years on the job.

The Huskies lost all 20 games they played under Cape, who also served as a head coach at Jones County and as an assistant coach at Washington County and Pike County before coming to Macon.

“Since arriving 16 months ago, my staff and I were charged with rebuilding a struggling program,” Cape said in a statement. “Everyone knew it would be a tremendous challenge to change the mentality. This was, without question, one of the most difficult seasons I have experienced in my 32 years of coaching. We were plagued with injuries early in the year and were never quite able to overcome them.”

Indeed Cape inherited a program struggling to find wins.

The Huskies have won just five games in their five seasons of existence. They won three games under Bobby Hughes in 2009, and has two total wins in the other four seasons. The Huskies haven’t won a game since Oct. 8, 2010.

“I hate to see this happen, but things didn't go how he wanted them to,” Bibb County athletics director Eddie Ashley said. “He tried to do the right things, but he just thought it was in his best interest to step down.”

Cape had the Huskies on the verge of some wins over rivals in his first season. They led Westside 21-0 before eventually losing by 10 points. They also stayed within 10 points of Veterans and Rutland before losing their season finale to Central 28-25.

This year was more of a challenge for Cape and the Huskies.

They lost by a touchdown to both Walnut Grove and Southwest – schools that went a combined 3-17 – early in the season before injuries took their toll. Howard would score more than seven points in a game just once – they lost 63-29 to Rutland on Oct. 26.

“Though we have worked very intensely to turn this thing around and have made significant progress in many areas, it is just going to take more time and resources to rebuild,” said Cape, who played on Central’s 1975 state championship team.

Despite the Huskies’ struggles, Ashley said he takes a positive attitude on the future of the program.

“You just put (the job opening) out there and see,” said Ashley when asked about the challenges of luring a coach to lead a program that has gone 5-45. “You can never tell. Somebody will be looking for an opportunity, and hopefully we’ll get a quality individual. Howard hasn’t had a winning record in the past, but you never know when it could turn around.”