By Lena Mitchell
Daily Journal Corinth Bureau
CORINTH – Biggersville high school boys basketball coach Cliff Little dons a new hat this fall, adding high school girls basketball and junior high school girls basketball to his coaching duties.
The school board voted Monday to approve Little for the job on the recommendation of Superintendent Gina Rogers Smith and Biggersville Principal Gary Johnson. Several dozen parents and students filled the board meeting room earlier this month to lobby for the appointment.
Johnson had made a different recommendation for the position, saying the school needed someone who could coach the girls team and also teach math.
Melissa Nash and her two daughters, a senior and a freshman who both play basketball, were among those at Monday’s meeting. Nash’s husband, Scott Nash, and older daughter both spoke passionately at the previous meeting about wanting to see Little become the girls’ coach.
“We’re very excited that they appointed him,” Melissa Nash said.
Two paraprofessional assistants also were approved to support Little in his two high school coaching roles: Tracy Stafford with high school boys basketball and Jana Little, Cliff Little’s wife, with high school girls basketball, a job she also held last year.
Little takes over after Chris Parman resigned, having served for one year. Before then, the job was held by Cassie Farris for almost a decade.
The school board postponed making a decision at the previous meeting, believing they might need to take a vote contrary to the principal’s recommendation. But Johnson’s decision to recommend Little for the job removed any barriers to the board taking a vote.
Little has served as boys basketball coach at Biggersville for three seasons and led the team to the 2013 Class 1A state championship.
Booneville boys coach Michael Smith made the same move prior to last season. Two seasons after leading the Booneville boys to a championship, Smith took over the girls program as well and led the Lady Devils to the Class 3A girls title.