By Kedrick Storey/Southern Sentinel
FALKNER – Current Falkner football assistant Corey Armstrong will be Falkner’s new head coach, principal Jennifer Stroupe said on Monday.
Armstrong served as assistant for two seasons under then-head coach Ben Ashley, who was recently hired at Amory.
Armstrong’s two seasons at Falkner were his first two back in football following a six-year layoff from coaching.
After a football career at Pontotoc, he walked on at Mississippi State as a wide receiver. He earned a bachelors degree in 2000 before beginning his coaching career that same year as an Amory assistant. After four seasons there, he served as assistant at North Pontotoc from 2004-05.
North Pontotoc was his last stop until he got a call from Ashley, once he landed the Falkner job in summer 2011. Two successful years at Falkner and now, the opportunity to become a head coach, makes Armstong thankful he answered.
“I’m real excited,” said Armstong. “I can’t be thankful enough to Ben Ashley for getting me back into coaching.
“He got me to come to Falkner and I just fell in love with the place. It’s a great community with some great kids”
Falkner has become a major player in Division 1-1A football with Armstrong’s help. The last two seasons, the school went 18-6 and reached the first round of the Class 1A playoffs. Armstong led the defense last year, but has mainly coached the skill positions.
With the recent changes, he doesn’t expect things to drop off and said he won’t make any wholesale moves. The Eagles return 1,800 yard, 26 touchdown rusher Jeramie Lawrence, along with quarterback Jase Stroupe and fullback Tray Woody, who combined for 1,651 yards rushing and 29 scores.
“We’ve got a lot of kids coming back and I’m excited about the future,” Armstong said. “Ben did a great job while he was here and I think we’re going in the right direction.
“We’ve got one of the best tailbacks in the state, the offensive line will be a year older and the kids just work so hard.”