By Gene Phelps/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – Tupelo High School’s new athletics director, Andy Schoggin, was raised in football-rich Calhoun County, but he has grown to embrace a well-rounded sports program.
“Friday nights are reserved for football in the fall, but what I want to see is for all our programs to succeed,” said the former Bruce Trojans football and basketball player. “I’m for all sports … from cross country on.”
Schoggin, 34, comes to Tupelo from Senatobia Junior and Senior High School, where he was principal for two years. He also served five years in the Horn Lake school system, where he was an assistant football coach and assistant principal.
He replaces Danny Porter, who served the school district as a coach and teacher for 33 years, including his last nine as AD.
Schoggin “will do a great job,” Porter said. “He brings a young perspective to the job.”
Schoggin’s hiring was approved Tuesday the Tupelo Public School District Board of Trustees.
A news release from the TPSD says Schoggin was: “… instrumental in implementing an athletic and coaching evaluation process, aided in creating a welcoming environment for sports events and worked on long-range plans to upgrade facilities and increase coaching supplements,” while at Senatobia.
“He clearly understands how athletics play a vital role in having an excellent academic program,” TPSD superintendent Gearl Loden said. “We are excited to have him and his family as a part of TPSD.”
Schoggin has a wife, Monica, an educator, and a 2-year-old son, Anderson.
The new AD inherits an athletics program that is recognized each year as one of the state’s best and most well-rounded. THS has won five of the last nine Clarion-Ledger All-Sports Awards. The Golden Wave program has also been recognized by Sports Illustrated as one of the nation’s top 10 programs.
“I’m excited about what Tupelo can offer in athletics, academics and community life,” Schoggin said. “Tupelo is a contender every year for the all-sports award. I feel privileged to be a part of it.
“There is such great potential here.”
THS principal Jason Harris and first-year football coach Trent Hammond welcomed Schoggin to the Golden Wave family.
“He’s full of energy and a lot of good, innovative ideas to keep the tradition of excellence we have in our athletic program,” Harris said.
“From what I understand, he’s a guy coaches enjoy working under,” Hammond said. “He understands athletics and their role in school.”