The Douglas Eagles are searching for a head football coach again.

The Reporter learned this week that new head coach Don Simmons, who was hired June 20, submitted his resignation apparently due to health reasons.

I was looking forward to working with Coach Simmons, 62, who served 34 years as a head coach in Kansas and Arkansas. He owns a 199-139 record and won a Kansas state championship in 1990.

Of course, the big question now is what will Douglas do next? I hope the Marshall County Board of Education calls a special meeting soon to accept Coach Simmons’ resignation, as well as possibly appoint his successor.

This should meet the criteria for an emergency situation, considering the fact preseason practice starts Aug. 5, which is only 16 days away.

An interim head coach for the 2019 season might be the best route for Douglas to take. I’m sure the board of education and DHS administrators would appreciate the patience of Eagle parents and fans while they work diligently to make the best of a tough situation.

Ken Burns Memorial Tournament

I’m honored to have been among the countless friends Ken Burns made during his 79 years on this earth. Ken went home to be with the Lord on Dec. 27, 2018.

One of Ken’s passions was the Asbury Volunteer Fire Department. He served as an organizer for the department’s annual golf tournament.

The Asbury VFD’s 16th annual tournament is Aug. 3 at Big Spring Lake Golf in Albertville. The department honored Ken and his family by renaming it the Ken Burns Memorial Tournament.

Breakfast and registration begins at 8 a.m. with shotgun start scheduled for 9. The department will also furnish lunch, water and drinks.

Entry fee for the three-person scramble is $50 per player or $150 per team. A tournament package for $10 includes two mulligans and one tee blaster. The items are $5 each individually.

Prizes are $600 for first place, $400 for second and $300 for third. Prizes for longest drive and closest to the pin are $50 each.

To enter or for more information, contact Asbury Farm Supply at 256-891-4202, Bryan Baker at 256-878-8888, Asbury Water System at 256-878-9158 or Albert Childress at 256-202-0484.

Funds raised from the tournament will be used to pay the department’s 2020 insurance.

Shannon J. Allen is sports editor for The Reporter. He can be reached at shannon.allen@sandmountainreporter.com.

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