By Gene Phelps/NEMS Daily Journal
Tupelo High kicks off its 2012 preseason football practice Monday with two new assistant coaches.
One is a former Golden Wave staffer under former THS coach Johnny Hill – defensive backs coach Jeff Carter.
One is a former Golden Wave offensive lineman on 1992 THS state championship team – defensive line coach Mark Fields.
Carter, who was defensive coordinator on Hill’s staff, returns after community college stops at ICC, Northeast and Northwest.
He’s also coached at Arkansas State.
“Jeff (Carter) has a tremendous knowledge of football,” THS athletics director Danny Porter said. “He has coached on both sides of the ball.”
Fields, who played at Clemson, joined THS as its ninth grade coach last season. He will continue in those duties along with his new varsity responsibilities.
“Mark does a great job,” Porter said. “He helped us with the varsity last season on Friday nights.”
Golden Wave head coach David Bradberry returns for his third season with a young, inexperienced team.
“We’re going to have to grow up quickly,” he said.
The Golden Wave plays Pontotoc in a two-quarter preseason scrimmage Aug. 10 and opens it season Aug. 17 at two-time 4A state champion Lafayette in Oxford.
Former Mississippi State All-SEC shooting guard, Darryl Wilson, has been named a volunteer assistant coach in boys basketball with first-year THS head coach Jeff Norwood.
“I think Darryl will be a big help to Jeff and the program,” Porter said.
In girls softball, former Lady Wave coach Michael Gable, will be replaced by Will Stafford, slow-pitch, and Kasey Robertson, fast-pitch. They will assist each other in the fall (slow-pitch) and spring (fast-pitch).
Stafford was Gable’s assistant last year. Robertson coached In Quitman last season.
“Both are very good softball coaches,” Porter said.