It happens every year. It’s practically inevitable.
The local coaching searches, better known as “The Coaching Carousel”, have been underway for a while now. However, the scope has expanded with many positions still remaining to be filled.
As usual, there are vacancies for both head coaches as well as assistants. Some have been filled while many others haven’t. When the new school year begins there will be at least 13 new coaches leading area programs with several new assistants joining them.
Here’s a look at the head coaching changes at each area school, according to what is known at this point.
Let’s begin with the four Alcorn County High Schools, starting with the one with the most openings by far – Corinth.
Warriors look to have at least seven new head coaches
Two of the head coaching vacancies at CHS have already been filled with Adam Kirk taking over for Keith Greene, the winningest coach in Warrior history, and Justin Dye taking the reins of the football program after former head coach Todd Lowery resigned and moved to Raleigh.
Following those two hires there has been a flurry of coaching resignation in Warrior-Nation. Athletic Director David Robbins is certainly a busy man these days seeking head coaches for the volleyball, girls basketball, baseball, tennis and girls cross country teams.
According to a reliable CHS source, the vacant boys soccer coaching position might be filled by current girls Head Coach Cameron Glenn, who could likely head up both of those teams as well as bring in an assistant to help with both squads.
The head tennis job came open as the result of Lowery’s move. His wife Andrea was the former head coach.
Veteran coach Rob Scarbrough recently resigned from the CHS diamond as well as assistant Boomer Mize, who doubled as an assistant football coach.
As far as the girls cross country position, former Head Coach Deb Parker resigned creating that opportunity. Coach Luke Hatcher, the Head Coach for Boys Cross Country – as well as track and field – is handling activities for both teams at present.
Kossuth seeks new softball coach
With Dana Rhea leaving Kossuth after just one season to take the same position at North Pontotoc, the Lady Aggies will have a new leader for the upcoming school year.
At the current time there has been no official announcement made by KHS Athletic Director Brian Kelly on who that person might be.
So far, the softball job is the only head coaching vacancy at Kossuth.
Biggersville football has new leader
The Lions knew way ahead of time they would be seeking a new head coach for the football team as former Head Coach Stan Platt announced his pending retirement before the 2020-21 school year began.
Then in March, Athletic Director Daniel Rowsey – along with principal Pete Seago – announced that former assistant Case Ingram had been promoted to the head coaching position. Ingram led the Biggersville defense, which over the past two years was among the best in the state in Class 1A as well as overall.
At this time, Ingram has not initiated a search for a new assistant and may stay pat for the upcoming season. If that changes the Daily Corinthian sports department will have it.
The football job was the only vacancy at Biggersville for the upcoming season.
Thrasher basketball posts opening
New Thrasher principal Paul Lyles posted a notice recently that the Rebels basketball programs is looking for a new head coach. The wording was such that whoever is selected will lead both the boys and girls teams.
Braves need a new baseball coach
Former Tishomingo County baseball coach Jarrad Robinson recently resigned that position to assume principal duties at the school along with maintaining his job as athletic director.
The Braves are currently seeking their next head baseball coach, which, from reports, might happen at the next school board meeting. Tish County will also be bringing a new assistant baseball coach. Those names should be revealed soon.
McNairy Central football head job is open
With former Head Coach Brian Franks’ announcement last week that he is stepping down as the school’s football coach, the Bobcats are looking to fill the newly-opened position.
Franks will remain at MCHS as head baseball as well as athletic director.
No changes at Alcorn Central
The only county school that will return all its head coaches intact is Alcorn Central. The Golden Bears program retained all it’s athletic team leaders, although there will be at least one new assistant on campus.
Former Central standout John Wiley Works has been brought on board to assist Head Coach Josh Harrison with the Golden Bears boys basketball team.
If there are other local head coaching openings they have not been made known. As far as assistants go, each school will fill those positions and should release those hirings when they occur.