Hampton new Tiger coach -- Replacement for Morrow selected
There's a new head man in charge of the Green Forest boys' basketball program, and he arrives with a wealth of military, medical and coaching experience.
Superintendent Dr. Larry Bennett announced Monday that Michael Hampton will be the new Tiger head coach.
Hampton has been assistant head coach for varsity boys' basketball at El Dorado High School for the last five years, and has been head coach of the freshman team for the same time.
Hampton graduated from the University of Arkansas-Little Rock in 1975 with a B.S.E. degree, then became director of the Office of Emergency Medical Services for the Arkansas Department of Health in Little Rock until 1987.
During that same time, he joined the United States Army in 1978, and in nine years was certified in the following: medical service corps officer, military police, nuclear, biological, and chemical warfare officer, armor officer, and others.
He joined the Arkansas National Guard in 1987, and was an active duty military officer, including participation in Operation Desert Storm, until entering the coaching field in 1997.
El Dorado teams compete in the AAAAA South conference, with the varsity basketball boys earning two conference championships and two runner-up titles during Hampton's time as an assistant with the team.
The Wildcats were state playoff quarter-finalists three years in a row during that five-year span, with the freshman team going 59-28 under Hampton's reign.
That included two conference championships and one runner-up title, one district championship and two runner-up titles, and six invitational tournament championships.
Hampton was also junior varsity head coach for three years, with the team having a 22-5 record.
Hampton, a former runner, also started boys' and girls' cross country teams in 2001, and took the program from five runners at the start, to 16 the next year, with three All Conference runners, and four Honorable Mention runners.
Hampton also helped with freshman football for two years, working with the offensive and defensive linemen and kickers, and also assisted the varsity girls' volleyball team one year.
Hampton started his coaching career at Greenbrier High School as a volunteer track coach and substitute teacher, then moved to Mt. Vernon-Enola High School in 1997 as head girls' basketball and softball coach.
His seventh-grade basketball team went 8-2 and was conference champs, the junior girls went 10-5, and the varsity was 13-16 and tied for fourth in the conference.
The softball team was conference runner-up, district champion runner-up, and made it to the state championship final eight.
Hampton's goal in coaching is to develop a playoff contender team with athletes that are a success on the court, in the classroom, and in the community.