By Zach Adams/The Itawamba County Times
MANTACHIE – Noah Hamilton, head softball coach for the Mantachie Lady Mustangs, has stepped down to accept the principal position at Potts Camp High School.
During his tenure at Mantachie, Hamilton served as head girls basketball coach, assistant softball coach and head softball coach. Most recently, he led the Lady Mustangs’ fast pitch team to a 16-16 record and first round playoff victory against Water Valley in their initial season after moving to classification 3A.
“I’ve been sitting here trying to gather my thoughts about my six years at Mantachie, and I can’t,” said Hamilton. “I can’t because I am flooded with some of the best memories of both my professional life and my personal life. I met the best people, worked with the greatest teachers, taught the most outstanding students and coached, bar none, the hardest working, super talented, most awesome athletes anywhere.”
As for some of his most memorable on-the-field moments, Hamilton cited beating rival Mooreville at home in his first year to coach high school girls basketball in 2009, the improbable playoff run to the 2A slow pitch state title series as an assistant in 2010, and defeating multiple-time fast pitch state champion Nettleton at Nettleton in 2012 as a few of his favorites.
“I would not trade one second, good or bad, of my time at Mantachie for any other school,” said Hamilton. “I don’t know if I gave them what they needed or deserved, but I gave them all I had. They took me in, treated me as their own and taught me some of the most valuable lessons.”
“They prepared me for this move, a move I never looked to make,” he continued. “However, things happen, and sometimes you have to make the hard decisions. This decision was the most agonizing dilemma with which I’ve ever been presented, but it is one decision that had to be made. I believe it will be a good move for me and my family.
“I will forget a lot of things in my lifetime, but I will never forget my time in Mantachie.”
Hamilton was confirmed by the Marshall County School Board on July 17. Long-time coach and new addition to the Mustang coaching staff Kristi Montgomery will replace him as head coach of the Lady Mustangs.
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