By Gene Phelps/NEMS Daily Journal
Charlie Dampeer is leaving Mississippi and Pontotoc High School for a football coaching position in Alabama.
Dampeer, 51, who was 24-19 in four seasons at Pontotoc, was approved Tuesday by the Talladega County (Ala.) Board of Education to become the next head coach at Lincoln High School.
“He is an experienced coach,” Lincoln principal Terry Roller told The Daily Home newspaper. “He has had a tremendous amount of success building programs.”
“I am a guy that has taken some down programs and turned them around immediately,” Dampeer told The Daily Home. “That has sort of been my calling for whatever reason.”
Dampeer’s 28-year coaching career has included stops at Tishomingo County, Saltillo, Kossuth, Columbus Caldwell and Mendenhall.
A Pontotoc school official said the program hoped to have a new coach in place this month.
Family rivalry brewing
- East Union High School has a new girls basketball coach and it could cause some family friction.
Shelley Parman was approved Monday night to lead the Lady Urchins.
Her first season will include two games against husband, Chris, head coach at Thrasher and Division 1-2A games against Hatley, coach by her father, Terry Walters.
“Everything Chris and I do is a competition. This is just another competition,” Shelley Parman said. “Ever since I started coaching, my dad and I talk every week. We’ll probably have to change our conversation a little bit.”
Parman played basketball for Hatley and Itawamba Community College and has served as an assistant at Hamilton and Hatley.
Adair returns to Ingomar
- Trent Adair, 30, who spent one year away from coaching, has returned to become girls basketball coach at Ingomar, his prep alma mater.
Adair coached boys basketball for five seasons at Ripley and was head coach his final two years.
“I did miss being in the mix,” said Adair, who will coach junior high boys and girls basketball along with the varsity girls. “I guess that was the competitive side of me.”
Adair, who was a teacher last year in the Tupelo system, will also assist his former coach, Norris Ashley, with the boys varsity.
Waiting on Wave
- At Tupelo High, athletics director Danny Porter says all of the school’s proposed head coaching hires – girls basketball, volleyball, cross country and boys soccer – are awaiting school board approval.
That meeting is scheduled for June 28.
Stephanie Murphy, the girls basketball coach, resigned to take a similar position in Brandon.
Clint Jordan, who led the Lady Wave volleyball team to a state championship in 2009 and the state finals in 2010, is the new volleyball coach at Pontotoc.
Cross country and boys soccer coach Nathan Hall stepped down to take an administrative position in the Tupelo system.
Gene Phelps, Tim Tutor and Brandon Speck all contributed to this story.