A former Susan Moore coach, Bryan “Bubba” Jennings, is the new head football coach at Douglas High School. The Marshall County Board of Education approved his hiring during Thursday afternoon’s meeting.
He succeeds Brad Pounds, who resigned in April after going 1-9 in 2016, his only season.
Jennings posted a 44-42 record in eight seasons at Susan Moore from 2007-14.
His 2008 and 2009 squads won Class 3A region championships and reached the second round of the state playoffs. His 2010 and 2012 teams also advanced to the postseason.
Jennings was an assistant coach at Sardis the last two years.
“We had 74 applicants for the job,” said DHS Principal Angie Stapler. “It’s been a process. We’ve got so many other hires to make and this one was critical.
“One of the things we were looking for was a successful record, but we wanted to get the right fit for Douglas, someone who will get to know our community and will understand our kids.
“Coach Jennings is from McLarty and shops at Douglas Food Valu. He already knows several people from our community. We’re excited to have him.”
Stapler said Jennings will also serve as a strength and conditioning coach for all DHS teams, boys and girls.
“Coach Jennings has a math degree and he’ll be helping us with math intervention,” she said. “We do have areas of deficiency in math and we’ve got to improve those.”
She said Jennings will meet the players Tuesday. He inherited a staff that featured Lawayne Garrett, Mike Jackson, Brady Thrower, Chris Stephens, Janssen Baker and Chris Williams last season.
“Corey Franklin is coming with Coach Jennings as an assistant coach,” Stapler said. “Corey played for Coach Jennings, and it’s been a dream of his to work for him.”
Stapler is working out the details to sponsor an event introducing Jennings to the community.
“We haven’t done a meet the coach event in several years,” she said. “We sponsored one for our new band director [Jesse Tiner] and had over 100 people attend.”
The Eagles open the Jennings’ era Sept. 1 at DAR.