Jacksonville Daily Progress
If retaining head coaches is any indication, the job satisfaction level within the athletic department at Jacksonville High School could be at or near an all time high.
The Indians/Maidens have retained all of their varsity-level head coaches from this past school year with the exception of head power lifting coach Gregg “Hoss” Armstrong, who elected to return to the Metroplex area to be nearer his immediate family.
A replacement for Armstrong has not been named at this time, but the job is expected to be filled from within the ranks of the current coaching staff.
Armstrong, who also served as an assistant football coach, had been at Jacksonville for five years.
Returning as head mentors for the fall sports are, Billie Walley (volleyball), Randy Hammontree (boys soccer and boys cross country) and Kiff Wiemers (girls soccer and girls cross country).
Coming back as head basketball coaches are Brent Kelley (boys) and Tony Harris (girls).
Mike Eckles will once again be in charge of the Tribe diamond nine, while Amber Danner-Kirk is scheduled to return for her second season as coach of Fight'n Maiden softball.
Jamie Palmer is slated to be the man in charge of both boys and girls track and field squads.
Tennis and golf will continue to be under the guidance of David Hanna and Cecil Newton, respectively.
Also sticking around is head athletic trainer Jason Krauss and Deena Brand, administrative assistant for the athletic department.
Jacksonville athletics is directed by Chris Taber, who also serves as the Indians' head football coach.