Longtime assistant Byars gets a crack at PHS’ head job

By John Wilbert/NEMS Daily Journal

PONTOTOC – He’s coached at a lot of places, but as an assistant. Now, Ken Byars gets a chance to be a head man at a school he was the offensive coordinator at the past three seasons.
Byars was officially hired as Pontotoc High’s head football coach at a Pontotoc Ciy School District board meeting on Monday night. The 35-year-old replaces Charlie Dampeer who left Pontotoc this month to become Lincoln High School’s (Ala.) head coach.
“I tried to spend all my younger years as an assistant at all the top programs, just to learn what to do and what not to do,” said Byars, who’s also coached at Delta State University as a graduate assistant, Hatley High School, West Bolivar High, Okolona High, Moss Point High and Mendenhall High.
The Houston native, who played collegiately at Itawamba Community College and Delta State as an offensive lineman, served as Okolona’s head coach in 2007, guiding the Chieftains to an 8-4 mark and a trip to the playoffs.