Familiar faces coaching in new places this football season
DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) -
As football teams are hopeful for an upcoming season, many coaches made big moves on the field in the off season. As some familiar faces moved to new places.
The countdown is on for Friday night football but some teams will have some fresh faces this season.
Starting with Robin Tyra, switching his team colors but keeping the same mascot as he hopes to transform the 2-8 team his first year as an Ashford Yellow Jacket.
“Bring that same feel and that same kind of tenacity and work ethic into Ashford. A little different view moving to the 4A and seeing what we can do there, I think it’s going to be a challenge but I definitely look forward to what we can do there,” Robin Tyra, Ashford head coach said.
One man familiar to the Wiregrass, coaching at Northview and Chipley, now returning back to the place where he started his head coaching career.
“A lot of the same people are there, the administration, the principal was a teacher when I was there the first time and just the community. Houston County is a neat little place, like I said we had a lot of fun at it and I thought it was a great opportunity to get back into head coaching,” Chip Harris, Houston County head coach said.
For Toby Greene, nothing beats a small town under the lights on a Friday night, the reason he made the switch from a Wildcat to a Ram.
“Headland is an up and coming program, we transitioned to 5A and Headland still has that small town feel. I’ve coached at big schools, I’ve coached at 1A, 2A schools, Headland has the feel of both. Has the tightness of a 1A, 2A community but we’ve got between 70 to 80 players working out everyday so it has that big school feel to it, so it’s the best of both worlds,” Toby Greene, Headland head coach said.
Home is where your family is and for Coach Littleton, that’s Florala. As his dreams of becoming a Wildcat come true.
“To be honest I applied to this job, this would be the fourth time I’ve applied for it and I finally got an interview so we were excited when we saw the opportunity and really it’s a good time to be in Florala too. Coach Mason and Coach Greene came in and really got the program turned around,” Chris Littleton, Florala head coach said.
Offense, defense, you name it, Dustin Harrison has once coached it. And why he feels his versatility is perfect at Cottonwood.
“They have a community that loves football, that supports football, loves sports and is hungry to be successful in football. Everyday I learn and I’ve grown a lot since the last time I was a head coach, it really helped me to get under a couple other coaches, it made me more well rounded. I feel like those other jobs really prepared me to be where I’m going to be this year at cottonwood,” Dustin Harrison, Cottonwood head coach said.
We will have more on what these familiar faces can do on the field this fall.
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