TIME OUT: In search of a coach

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, April 4, 2007

It seems I can&8217;t get off the subject of coaches or coaching. Demopolis High School has started the process of bringing in not just one state championship coach, but two of them.

James Moody and Doug Goodwin are the coaches that Demopolis must replace.

Moody, who has been around for 13 years as the head baseball coach, led his team to a state championship in 2005. It followed the same school year (2004-05) that Doug Goodwin led the football team to a state championship. Both were the first state championships in the respective sport.

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Under Moody&8217;s leadership the Demopolis High School baseball teams has produced pro players such as Jason Smith of the Major League&8217;s Toronto Blue Jays.

Paul Phillips of the Kansas City Royals organization and Andy Phillips of the New York Yankee organization are two more players former Demopolis players coached by Moody.

The 2003 Tiger baseball team got into the record books by hitting three homeruns in one inning in a game against Greene County.

Individually, Clint Moody, who currently plays ball at the University of West Alabama, tied the record for most hits in a game in 2002 against Thomasville.

Goodwin compiled a record of 81-18 in the eight years of coaching at Demopolis. He led the Tigers to the playoffs in each of the seasons he coached. Along with the unbeaten championship season in 2004, his teams reached the semi-finals in 2002 and 2003. They made it to the quarterfinals in 2005, finishing the season with a 12-1 record.

I believe it&8217;s going to be a lot of fun for the city to watch the interest of prospective coaches of this state and surrounding states to fill the two positions.

Moody and Goodwin have built very respectable programs, which makes either coaching position an ideal job for some top prospects.

The selection committee has already received inquiries from applicants from all over the state of Alabama. They even have received interest from coaches as far away as Tennessee and Mississippi. We&8217;re not talking about any coach. We&8217;re talking about some of the top coaches in their prospective fields.

Both the football team and the baseball team are positioned for another championship run within the next season or two. The quality coaches that have already applied for the vacancies see that potential and want to be a part of it.

Demopolis sports program is probably one of the finest in the state. I&8217;m anxious to fine out who has applied already, aren&8217;t you?

Support your local sports team. See you around.

James Gilmore is the sports editor of The Times. He can be reached by e-mail to james.gilmore@demopolistimes.com.