Familiar faces chosen to coach Choctaw County Chargers

By Austin Bishop

The Choctaw Plaindealer


The 2013-14 coaching staff for newly formed Choctaw County High School will be made up of a combination of coaches from Ackerman High School and Weir — the two schools consolidated to form CCHS.

“We feel really good about the staff,” said Choctaw County athletic director Adam Dillinger, who will also be the head football coach. “We just combined staffs. We feel like we have a lot of good head coaches.”

Gary Beals will be the head boys and girls basketball coach, as well as the head volleyball coach and golf coach, but will no longer assist with football.

Trey Gant will coach boys track and Shane Talley will coach the girls track team. Gant and Talley, who were both at Weir last season, will also be assistant football coaches, as will former Weir head football coach Paul Courtney.

Also assisting with football will be Lance Thomas, Shastam Coleman and Joey Vowell.

Mike Brown, who coached at AHS last season, will be the girls fast-pitch coach, while former Weir coach Andy Young will be the CCHS head baseball coach. Patrick Nutt, last year’s baseball coach at Ackerman, was recently hired at Winona High School.

Choctaw County High School will not participate in slow-pitch softball.

The Chargers are awaiting a ruling from the executive committee off the Mississippi High School Activities Association as to what class they will be in this season.

Ackerman High School was Class 2A, while Weir was Class 1A. Dillinger said several options were being debated.

If Choctaw County were to be a 2A school, then the Chargers would just take Ackerman’s place in Region 4-2A. If CCHS is placed in 3A, then Dillinger says his team hopes to keep as much of the non-district schedule it already has in place.

“We will try to make as few changes as possible,” he said.

The Chargers are scheduled to kick off the 2013 season at French Camp Academy on Aug. 23.