Pike County Central has named three new coaches. The announcements came on Tuesday at a press conference held at the school.
The new football coach will be Shawn Thacker. He replaces John Chapman, who resigned to become an assistant coach at Perry Central.
Thacker comes from Pikeville High, where he served as an assistant coach for the Panthers. He is a native of Johns Creek, so this is like coming home for the Pike County native.
The Hawks also have a new boys’ and girls’ basketball coach. Belfry graduate Keith May was named to that position after the resignation of Kelly Carwile.
Derek Newsome will take over the girl’s program. The squad was coached by Wes Hatcher last season. Newsome is the former head coach at Allen Central.
Thacker will have to hit the ground running as practice starts in a few days in the Bluegrass state.
Local fans will definitely see these coaches a few times since PCC is in the same district as the Belfry Pirates.
… East Ridge is also looking to a new football coach after the resignation of Brad Allen. Allen had been the coach of the Warriors for six seasons. ERHS is expected to be reclassified to 2A. They have been playing in 3A the past few seasons. Allen finished 6-4 last season.
Eric Ratliff , an assistant coach, is rumored to be in line for the head coaching position.
… Marcella Charles is looking for the names and contact information for any 2013 high school football homecoming queens for the Cliffs Natural Resources East/West Sr. Bowl game to be played on Saturday, August 2nd. Charles can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 304-235-3333, ext. 74641.
… Danny Oliver Head Coach football coach for Belfry Middle School has announced that sign-ups, a parent meeting and equipment handouts will be Wednesday, July 23, at 6:00 pm, at the BMS Sports Complex. The first official practice starts Monday July 28.
… Registration is underway for the popular Coal Dust Run that will be held Saturday, September 13th in downtown Williamson. The race will start at 6:30 p.m. The event attracted more than 300 runners last year. More information can be found on the Coal Dust Run Facebook page.
… The Williamson High School Athletic Hall of Fame (HOF) will meet at the WHS HOF room at the Fieldhouse on Saturday, July 19, at 11 a.m. Several important items are on the agenda. President Cecil Hatfield has announced that the next induction weekend will be Friday and Saturday, September 26-27th at the new HOF room.
(Kyle Lovern is the Sports Editor for the Williamson Daily News. He can be contacted at email@example.com or at 304-235-4242, ext. 33 or Twitter @KyleLovern)