Bobcats hire two coaches for the coming year
Derrek Aynes and James Dyllan Candelaria were hired on as coaches for the Berryville Bobcats at Tuesday's regular scheduled board meeting.
Aynes will replace Jacob Meyers, whose resignation was accepted Tuesday, as an assistant football and baseball coach. Candelaria will replace Joey Curtis as head coach for boys soccer and assistant boys basketball coach. Curtis has been named assistant principal at Berryville High School.
Superintendent Owen Powell said he looks forward to seeing what the two coaches can bring to Berryville.
"They are both young coaches, but they both had really good interviews," Powell said. "They came highly recommended, so we are pleased to have them on staff and on board with us. We think they are going to do a good job."
Aynes most recently coached at DeQueen. Candelaria graduated in May from the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith.
Berryville football coach Doug Shott said he looks forward to working with Aynes this coming season.
"I think he is going to do an outstanding job for us," Shott said. "He is a good, young coach that has coached at two or three different places. He was on the other side of me. He was at DeQueen when I was at Hot Springs."
Aynes will be the defensive coordinator for Berryville and will also work with the quarterbacks and fullbacks on the offensive side of the ball.
"The defense has been pretty much installed already, but he will put his own flair on it," Shott said. "I want to give him some leeway to do some things, but we are going to continue with what we started in spring ball and see how it goes in team camps next month."
Candelaria played basketball at Alma and won a state championship. Compton believes this winning attitude will make the Bobcats a better basketball team.
"He comes from a great basketball program and played under a very well-respected coach in Stan Flenor," Compton said. "He started and earned a state championship while at Alma. He is a young man that is enthused and ready to get started."
Compton adds that the youthful nature Candelaria will bring to the program should give the Bobcats a boost of energy.
"He is energetic and he has a great work ethic," Compton said. "Whatever we want him to do, he is eager to do it. Those are the top two qualities that will help you be successful. Guys that are eager to work. They don't have a time clock. They aren't staring at their watch and he is willing to work."
Also at Tuesday’s board meeting, Cody Curtis was named the head junior high boys basketball coach.