Where Next for Rolison?

I don’t normally write about assistant coaches who are looking for a job. But Trey Rolison isn’t long for an assistant’s role. He’s a rather hot young candidate for head openings – or he would be if any openings were to be had.

Nettleton is closing in on replacing Scott Cantrell, and of course New Albany filled its vacancy with Ron Price, who was a fellow Bulldog assistant of Rolison’s this past season, Rolison’s only season at the school. Rolison also applied for the job.

No other are openings are to be found. There’s Grenada to the west, Durant to the south. But Rolison is from Ripley and has coached at Olive Branch and Corinth. He’d like to stay in the area, even if it’s not as a head coach yet.

“I’d love to be a coordinator. I’d love to be a head coach right now,” the 28-year-old said Wednesday.

He did a fine job as New Albany’s offensive coordinator. His unit averaged 31 ppg and produced a 1,700-yard back in Jeremy Cannon. While at Olive Branch under Jamie Mitchell, Rolison was essentially co-offensive coordinator and handled the run game.

We had 14 head coaching changes after the 2006 season. After Nettleton makes a hire, it’ll be only three so far this offseason. So Rolison might have to wait, but probably not too long.


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