Tigers' new coach plans passing attack
By Scott Loftis
The Green Forest Tigers will have a new head coach and a new offensive philosophy this fall.
The Green Forest School Board voted June 1 to hire Greg Tibbitt as the school’s new head football coach and athletic director.
Tibbitt was the head coach last year at Class 3A Rose Bud, which finished 2-8. A Stuttgart native who played linebacker at Oklahoma Panhandle State University, Tibbitt is a 17-year coaching veteran whose resume includes experience as both an offensive and defensive coordinator. He is a former defensive coordinator at Shiloh Christian, a perennial state powerhouse and a 4A-1 rival of Green Forest.
“We are very excited about bringing Coach Tibbitt on board,” Green Forest superintendent Matt Summers said. “He has experience as a head coach and AD as well as being a coordinator on both sides of the ball. He is known for his relationships with not only his players but the staff and community. We hope to see growth in numbers not only in his program but all programs in the athletic department.”
Tibbitt will replace Bobby Bishop as the Tigers’ head coach and athletic director. Bishop, who has coached at all three Carroll County schools, resigned earlier this spring to accept an assistant coaching position at East Newton County High School in Granby, Mo. Green Forest posted an overall record of 10-40 over the past five seasons. The Tigers went 2-8 last season and have struggled to adjust to Class 4A since moving up from Class 3A in 2018. Green Forest has gone 0-14 in 4A-1 games.
Tibbitt said he’s excited to be the Tigers’ new head coach.
“I feel like it’s a good opportunity,” he said. “It’s a good mix of kids coming in. They’ve had some success at the junior high level. I think we’ve just got to try to get that to carry over to the high school level.”
One thing Tibbitt will bring is a new offensive philosophy. He said the Tigers’ offense will operate out of a Spread formation this fall.
“We’re going to be a Run and Shoot type of team,” he said. “That doesn’t necessarily mean the hurry-up, but we’re going to be in the Shotgun. We’re going to throw the ball around. We’re going to take advantage of situations that we’re given as far as defensive alignments and things like that, but we’re going to be a Spread football team. We’re going to throw to set up the run.”
Still, Tibbitt said the Tigers will try to maximize the talent on the roster.
“Even going into Year 1, we may not have the full playbook in,” he said. “We’re going to have what is the strength of our kids and what they can play to. We’re going to get some time with them in the summer and we’re going to be able to throw the ball and work on timing and concepts.”