Coaching changes in the county
There were a few coaching changes at Monday's school board meeting in Green Forest. Boys basketball coach Donnie Smith resigned to become the basketball coach at Marshall. Jonathan Bryant will remain the head soccer and assistant football coach, but will no longer assist with the boys basketball team. Mike Stokes was hired to assist with the boys basketball team and football team.
"Coach Bryant had been coaching year-around with football, basketball and soccer so he felt like he needed to back off a little bit," Green Forest athletic director Bobby Bishop said.
Bishop believes Stokes will be a good hire for the program. He was a principal at Harrison for 12 years and has coached many sports at various schools throughout the years.
"Mike is a former administrator and former coach," Bishop said. "He has been in the business for a long time. He had retired at Harrison as the middle school principal. He had been out a year and decided he wanted to coach again, so we hired him."
This year will mark the third boys basketball coach in as many years.
"We have been interviewing for the head boys basketball position," Bishop said. "We have had a good number of applicants. We hope to have a decision on that in the next couple of weeks."
Girls soccer coach Ashley Wilson also will be assisting with the cross country program.
The Berryville school board accepted Dyllan Candelaria's resignation at Monday evening's school board meeting. Candelaria was the boys soccer coach and the boys assistant basketball coach. Daniel Fitts was hired to assist with the football and baseball team. Cody Curtis will no longer assist in coaching the football team.
Berryville athletic director Brent Compton said he was glad he was able to work with Candelaria for a year.
"He did a nice job," Compton said. "He came in and was a part of two really good years. Our basketball team went 24-9 and did a lot of good things. We appreciated the things he did and hopefully we helped him out with some things he can take with him. And then of course, the soccer team he coached made a run to the state finals. He was a part of a great year."
Fitts studied at Crowley's Ridge College and Compton expects him to come ready to work.
"He is excited about the opportunity and we are excited to have him," Compton said. "We want people that are eager to work and that want to be a Bobcat. We think he wants both of those things."
"All of our coaches are just coaching two sports within our athletic program now," Compton said. "We hated to see Cody step down from football, but coaches coaching three sports is tough."