OUR VIEW: Search is on for Demopolis High School athletics

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, April 3, 2007

Two head coaches. Two state championships. Twenty years. Four big shoes to fill.

Two superintendents. Two high school administrators. Two school board members. To them falls the job of replacing football head coach Doug Goodwin and baseball head coach James Moody.

When school ends next month, Demopolis High School will have said farewell to two highly successful and respected head coaches.

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Goodwin is heading to Russellville High School to take over a vaunted football program.

Moody is returning to his alma mater &8212; Trinity Presbyterian in Montgomery &8212; where he will become assistant coach to a team with which he won the 1985 state championship as a player.

Both men have personal stakes in their move. Goodwin will be closer to his two sons, who are in college at the University of North Alabama in Florence and Delta State University in Cleveland, Miss. Moody, of course, is returning home.

DHS principal Dr. Isaac Espy said prospects from across the South are flooding in to get a chance at leading a program as respected as the Tigers.

That sets the bar high, but nothing that our programs cannot clear.

Both the Tiger football and baseball programs are strong with bright futures.

The middle school baseball team is on fire, and in a couple of years will make the high school team near unstoppable when they mix with the young talent already on the diamond.

The football program is young and talented, and made a solid run during the latter part of the season. Next year, expectations are high.

Coaches both experienced and rising want a shot at leading the Tigers to a state championship &8212; or four.

We can&8217;t wait to see who gets that shot.