With less than six weeks until August drills begin, Thrasher has little time to get a new football coached hired and settled into place.
James Moore resigned last week after one season to take an assistant’s job in Alabama. Prentiss County superintendent Matt Smith has moved quickly and hopes to have a new hire made by Friday. The biggest challenge on Day 1, Smith said, will be learning names.
That’s a good problem. Moore had only 17 names to learn when he arrived last June. Thrasher’s new coach will have close to 40.
“He got the kids out and was really starting to turn the corner, building confidence in the weight room, and confidence in the community,” Smith said of Moore. “Really making it possibly a move back to the old days.”
The “old days” would be 1990-92, when the Rebels won three straight Division 1-1A titles. They earned the program’s lone playoff victory in ’92, and they haven’t had a winning season since.
Thrasher, 2-9 last year, plays in a tough 11-team division, so progress won’t be immediately measured by playoff appearances, and perhaps not even by wins.
“It’s going to be new for everybody,” Smith said.
And hopefully better.