Brady Ramey is going back to Tremont.
The 35-year-old Tremont High alumnus will be the new athletics director at the MHSAA Class 1A school, in addition to being the boys head basketball coach, an assistant girls basketball coach and the head cross country coach beginning this fall.
“I definitely thought this was a great opportunity for me,” said Ramey, who spent the last 13 years in the Itawamba AHS school system. “I always like the aspect of a challenge.
“The boys program at Tremont has been down for a while. I’m looking forward to the challenge of building it back up.”
In nine seasons, Ramey built the Itawamba AHS girls program into a solid state tournament contender. This past season, the Lady Indians made it to the state semifinals before losing to Northeast Lauderdale.
Ramey also was the boys head basketball coach for 11 seasons.
“Nobody could have done a better job anywhere with what he had,” said Itawamba AHS athletic director William Moore.
Replacing Ramey will be Amanda (North) Morrow and Michael Wildmon. The two were hired at the beginning of last month.
Morrow was an assistant under Ramey this past season, her first year at Itawamba, and will be taking over a program that loses Anna Dill, Noel Prestage, Lasinda Gilmore and Amanda Lann to graduation, and junior point guard Ally McDonald to golf.
Wildmon, 27, comes to Fulton from Jumpertown High School, where he was the head coach for the past two seasons.
Moore, who returned to the high school last fall, said the administration interviewed several people and, in the end, it wasn’t a hard decision to make with both hirings.
“We think both of them are outstanding young people and coaches,” Moore said. “They’re good people and that’s what we’re looking for.
“We interviewed several people and kept coming back to Amanda with the girls. And Michael came in and fit in with what we needed with the boys.
“We think they are going to be doing great.”
Wildmon describes himself as “more of a hands on coach” who will participate in drills and practices to demonstrate exactly what his players should be doing if they have trouble understanding certain situations.
He enjoyed a successful first season at Jumpertown before having to go through a rebuilding season this past year.
“We had a large senior group the first year and we had a pretty good year,” Wildmon said. “We had a lot of freshman and sophomores this past season.”
Wildmon said he hasn’t been able to hold tryouts yet because most of Itawamba’s athletes were busy with baseball and football around the time he was hired. He expects the tryouts to be held later this month.
“We’ve had an open gym the past couple of days and a lot of older kids have come in and they seem very respectable and ready to work,” Wildmon said. “I have seen a lot of positives out of these kids, especially with their athleticism and speed.”
Morrow has not returned a message left by the Journal.
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