The Abbeville Christian Football Team has welcomed a familiar face back to the sidelines. Ashley Carlisle has returned to coach the Generals football and baseball teams.
Carlisle coached at Abbeville Christian from 2001-04, leading the baseball team to a pair of state championships, and the football team to only it's second playoff win in school history.
Now, he's back on the sidelines for both teams. On the football field, Carlisle replaces Eric Jones, who resigned earlier this year after going 4-16 over two seasons at ACA. Carlisle replaces Sam Cochran in baseball, who also resigned to pursue another coaching opportunity.
Carlisle takes over a team that went 3-7 last season, and hasn't posted a winning record since 2004, the year after Carlisle left the program. So, Carlisle knows he must wake up the echoes of success in Henry County, as he tries to build ACA into a winning program.
"It's really caused the kids to have to focus more," Carlisle said. "They seem to be pretty excited. They've bought into what we're doing. What I run is pretty easy, so it's easy to pick up for the kids.
"I'll be confident heading into Friday nights."
Abbeville Christian opens the regular season at home on August 24th, hosting it's biggest rival, Ashford Academy.
Abbeville Christian 2012 Schedule
Date Opponent Score
Fri., Aug. 17 OPEN
Fri., Aug. 24 vs. Ashford Academy (AISA-A) *
Fri., Aug. 31 @ Chambers Academy (AISA-A) *
Fri., Sep. 7 vs. Cornerstone Christian (AISA-A) *
Fri., Sep. 14 @ Lowndes Academy (AISA-AA)
Fri., Sep. 21 @ Lakeside (AISA-A) *
Fri., Sep. 28 vs. Restoration Academy (AISA-A) *
Fri., Oct. 5 @ South Montgomery Academy (AISA-A) *
Fri., Oct. 12 @ Eastwood Christian (AISA-AA)
Fri., Oct. 19 vs. Lyman Ward (AISA-AAA)
Fri., Oct. 26 vs. Sparta Academy (AISA-AA)