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Jefferson Davis High School

Jefferson Davis Academy fills two positions, adds depth to coaching staff

 

By Justin Driggers

Special Correspondent

 

Blackville – Jefferson Davis Academy head boys basketball coach Brian Williams told Athletic Director Michael Tindall he was stepping away from the program.

“He’d been with us for about four or five years and he decided to step down and spend a little bit more time with his family and with his son,” Tindall said.

That left a void on the bench – one that Tindall and JDA have filled with a pair of qualified coaches, he said.

Bart Owens, who’s entering his 16th season with the school, and newcomer Chris Campbell will now handle the coaching duties for the Raiders for both the varsity and junior varsity squads.

“Bart brings 15-plus years at JDA and Chris played junior college basketball in Florida,” Tindall said. “So each of them brings a lot of experience with them. Bart is a little more familiar with coaching and Chris brings a high basketball IQ.”

Owens’ familiarity with the players and JDA in general is readily evident. He’s also the head varsity volleyball coach and the junior varsity coach for both the volleyball and softball programs.

“He does so much for us at JDA,” Tindall said. “His one reason for doing everything is for the kids and they love and respect him for that.”

Owens most recently played for a junior college program in Pensacola, Florida, Tindall said.

“I think those guys are really going to respond to him,” he added. “I think he’ll really be able to relate to them.”

The move was something Tindall had been exploring for a while and something he felt was a positive step for the program.

It also has worked well on the girls side. Barry Morehead came in last year and paired with Ken Frederick, who is entering his third season.

“That’s been a goal of mine since I’ve gotten here,” Tindall said. “At one time, we had three different (coaches) working with four (different teams). Last year, we were able to get coach Morehead in and work with our program and with Ken Frederick. They’ve both done a great job, and he got his 600th win with us last year against Andrew Jackson (Academy).

“That seems to be working out well.”

The Jefferson Davis JV boys basketball team also won the region last year – setting up for a key couple of future seasons, Tindall said.

“We have a good group of core younger guys coming up and we have something to build off of for the next two or three years,” Tindall added. “Being able to get Chris in and working with Bart is key to keeping the program headed in the right direction.”

The Raiders will also have a new cheerleading coach as Joy Ray takes over the reins.

“She got kids that go to JDA and she’s already starting doing a couple camps here and there,” Tindall said. “She dove right in and has kind of rolled up her sleeves and gotten after it.

“She’s been a big help so far.”

Aside from those, the Raiders return all of their coaching staff from a year ago with plenty of experience and familiarity to go around.

Tindall is entering his fourth season at the helm of the football program along with assistant Matthew Webster.

Matt Lightsey will return for his third season as an assistant football coach and his fourth season overall guiding the JDA varsity baseball program. Logan Beasley also returns for a second season as an assistant football coach.

Nicky Roberts is back at the helm of the Jefferson Davis equestrian program that is also entering its second year.

Brad Aull returns for his fifth season as the coach of the sporting clays team along with assistant Julie Robinson, who is also back for her fifth year as well.

Rounding out the staff will be Gregg Fanning, who is looking to build on his first season guiding the Lady Raiders softball team.

 

 

 

 

 

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