New coaches will be heading up eight of the varsity athletics teams at Crisp County High this coming school year but only six of them have been named thus far.
The major known change finds former girls varsity basketball assistant Barrett Wilkes replacing Molly Speir in that sport. Speir, in turn, has been named the new coach for the girls and boys cross-country teams.
Speir also has been tabbed as an assistant to new soccer head coach Dr. Jose Rodriguez who’s replacing Joy Misinco in that capacity. Misinco will now be serving as a varsity girls softball assistant as will Lynn Stripling.
The varsity girls and boys tennis teams also are in line for new head coaches who have yet to be designated. Brandi McIntyre and Ken Shealy were the girls and boys net coaches a year ago.
AdamTurner will also be the new head coach for girls and boys golf, replacing Richard Lawson who resigned to take a job with former CCHS head coach Sean Pender at Pierce County.
Heading the list of returning head coaches for varsity sports is Lee Campbell who’ll be in his second year at the helm of the football program.
Other varsity head coach returnees are Terry Smith in boys basketball, Kevin Blampied in girls softball mentor, Bill Pate in baseball, Todd George in wrestling, Chad Averett in girls and boys track, Paula Paquette in varsity football/competition cheerleading and Claire Austin in basketball cheerleading.
Campbell’s varsity grid assistants inciude Averett as offensive coordinator, Turner as defensive coordinator, Smith as special teams coordinator, Kenneth Sanders as running backs coach, Wilkes as quarterbacks coach, Jeff Wilson as receivers coach and former Hawkinsville High coach Cam Black as linebackers coach.
Smith’s assistants in the high school basketball program will be Wilson at the varsity level and Lemetrice Ray as ninth grade coach. Wilkes will have Kim Battle as a varsity assistant and jayvee coach in girls basketball.
Returning head baseball coach Bill Pate, meanwhile, has been named as middle school athletics director/head coach.Only one of his two assistant varsity baseball coaches has been named to date. He’s Scott Williams who will also be the head baseball junior varsity coach.
Working under Pate as middle scbool football assistants will be George, Ray and Harry Fox. The latter will also assist Burns, the girls basketball head coach. Danielle Johnson will be the middle school boys basketball leader and George will be the middle school baseball coach.
Austin will served as the middle school’s head softball coach and in performing those duties will be assisted by Burns. Rodriguez will head up the middle school wrestling program. Black will do likewise in track as will Paquette in cheerleading and girls and boys tennis.
Dr. xxxxx Lawrence will serve as a varsity cheerleading aide but an assistant for middle school cheerleading has yet to be named.