A few weeks ago, the Claiborne Middle School football program was left with questions after head coach, Travis Bailey, was promoted to school principal at Forge Ridge.
One of the biggest and most concerning questions for players and parents was — who would fill the empty spot? Bailey was a well respected coach and his departure left the future of the program in doubt. The parents rallied to find some answers and their efforts got the attention of the school board, Claiborne High School Principal Jody Goins and Bulldogs head coach Jerton Evans.
Although not officially a talking point at the most recent school board meeting, several concerned parents showed up just as the meeting had ended and addressed board members. The correct method of hiring a new coach, according to board members, directly included Goins and Evans. With their help, the two got permission to make calls to prospective candidates as mentioned by the group of concerned parents.
One of the first names mentioned was Brody Wells, a former player at CHS. He showed some immediate signs of being interested when contacted, but did not immediately accept the position. Wells took his time making the decision and on July 15, he met with Goins and Evans. He informed them he was officially accepting the position and looked forward to continuing the program.
Wells is the person many parents said they wanted to follow in Bailey’s footsteps. so the announcement was greeted with excitement. Wells will soon meet with his new players and parents to schedule official practices almost immediately.
When asked about becoming the new coach of the Claiborne Middle School Bulldogs, Wells said, “I am truly grateful to the Claiborne parents, players, Board of Education, Mr. Jody Goins, and Coach Jerton Evans for their overwhelming support throughout this short process. I know God ordains all things, and I am excited to get the privilege to work with Claiborne student athletes on the football field. One of the middle school program’s purposes will be to teach fundamental skills and concepts to student athletes in order that their transition to the CHS Football program will be fluid. We want a true feeder program. It’s a community project, so the CMS Bulldogs are ready for your investment.”
The decision eased several worried parents’ minds and players can now focus on meeting the new head coach and continuing workouts — before moving quickly into practices and starting the 2015 season.
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