New coach needs support of community

Published 12:00 am Saturday, January 28, 2006

Former Spain Park High School assistant Bryant Vincent was hired on Tuesday to become Greenville High School's new football coach, replacing interim coach Mike Williams.

Vincent brings a ton of enthusiasm to a position that requires it. Greenville has won just two games in the last two years, unheard of for a program that traditionally competed year in and year out in Class 5A football in the 80s and 90s. What Vincent promises is stability, something desperately needed for a football team that has floundered in mediocrity.

Undoubtedly, Williams, who resigned to take a job at Division 1-AA University of Tennessee-Martin, helped right the ship with his implementation of weight training program. Vincent, it seems, will take that training to a new level, installing a new spread offense attack and yearlong weight program modeled after that of Louisiana State University.

&#8220I hope this town is ready for the things to come,” said Vincent during Tuesday night's meet-and-greet with the Butler County Board of Education. &#8220We are going to put Greenville on the map. We will rebuild this program to where it needs to be.”

The new coach has the support of longtime Tigers' supporter, Mayor Dexter McLendon.

&#8220His passion for the game is real strong, and I think we'll out coach and out work a lot of people this fall.”

However, the new head coach still needs the support of the community, as well as the faculty of Greenville High School, and students and their parents. One needs only take a look at smaller schools, like Brantley and Luverne in nearby Crenshaw County, and Straughn in Covington County, as proof of how great a football program can become with the support of an active booster organization and parents, players and coaches working together.