Stone becomes head baseball coach at GF
The Green Forest school board announced at Thursday's meeting that coach Brandon Stone will be the new Green Forest baseball coach. Stone replaces Tony Coffey, who became an assistant football and baseball coach at Siloam Springs.
For Stone, a Green Forest graduate, this is a dream come true.
"This is my dream job," Stone said. "When I went to college I wanted to come back and be a baseball coach so I get to experience that. It's a great feeling for me. Playing baseball is the thing I remember most about high school. Just thinking about how much fun I had in the four years playing and wanting to give that back to the program. Letting kids have that same experience I had, or even a better one. Being head baseball coach is always something I wanted to do, even when I was younger. And to do it for my hometown, I couldn't be happier about that."
Stone worked under Coffey for 13 years. During that time, Stone said he learned a lot from Coffey and he looks forward to sharing that with the players.
"I owe a lot to coach Coffey," Stone said. "He has taught me a lot as far as how to handle situations. Whether it be organizing your stuff off the field, planning out your practices, having an agenda and sticking to it. Little things that you don't even think of when you are getting into the profession. Ninety percent of coaching is not on the field, it's off. You don't realize that until you see someone do it. How hard he worked at it really taught me how I needed to handle some things."
Stone looks forward to continuing to shape young men's lives on a daily basis.
"My first objective as a coach is to make the kids better people first," Stone said. "To have them go through a program and come out a better person than they were when they came into it. That's the ultimate goal. When you do that, they ultimately become better players. Instill a work ethic and a drive in them to do things the right way, they are going to get better."
Tyler Harness will be Stone's assistant.
"My first year coaching, he was in seventh grade," Stone said. "I got to coach him for six years so I've known him for a long time. Tyler's a great person and a great coach. I look forward to working with him. We are going to have a lot of fun together."