By Kedrick Storey
FALKNER – Tuesday morning, Falkner High School head football coach Cory Armstrong announced that he was stepping down to become an assistant at his high school alma mater, Pontotoc High School.
The hiring was approved by the Pontotoc County School Board on Monday.
Armstrong spent three seasons at Falkner, two as an assistant on back-to-back 9-3 playoff teams under Ben Ashley from 2011-2012.
His one year at the helm in 2013, he guided the Eagles to a 7-5 finish and a third straight trip to the postseason.
The married father of two said the move back to his old stomping ground was one he “couldn’t pass up.” Armstrong has two sons, a fourth-grader and sixth-grader at Pontotoc. His wife teaches English II at North Pontotoc High in Ecru.
“I get to see my boys every day,” said Armstrong.
Armstrong said he made lots of good relationships while at the North Tippah school, and he’ll miss those. Falkner was his first stop after getting back into coaching after selling insurance. He said his time at the Class 1A school was great, but the decision was about family.
“It’s been wonderful. I have zero regrets,” said Armstrong. “I love all the people, and I feel like we turned the page here from a team no one was scared of to a team no one wanted to play. The kids worked their butts off to get Falkner where it is.
“I know I am making the best decision based on my family, and I can sleep well at night knowing that.”
Armstrong also coached powerlifting and golf at Falkner. The Falkner powerlifting team produced five medal winners under his tenure, including two state champions the past two seasons.
Armstrong played football at Pontotoc in the late 1990s before walking on as a wide receiver at Mississippi State University, where he earned his degree.