Wilson leaving Straughn football

Published 8:19 pm Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Straughn High School will soon be officially in the market for a new head football coach, after current head coach Chris Wilson was tapped this week to lead the Mary G. Montgomery Vikings.
Wilson will replace former Andalusia head coach Brian Seymore, who was hired at Demopolis earlier this year.

The Mobile County School Board approved Wilson’s hiring Wednesday.

Wilson, a Washington County native, spent two years at Straughn, where he went 9-12. Before coming to Straughn, he spent five years at his alma mater, Washington County, where he had a 57-12 record in Chatom.

Wilson did not return phone messages Wednesday night, but posted the following on Facebook after al.com announced his hiring.

“All the choices you make in life give you experiences, blessings, and sometimes regrets. Being at Straughn the past two years has given me nothing but blessings and grown me as a person and a coach. Thank you to all of those that supported the team and the school. It doesn’t matter who the coach might be, always put the players first and foremost in your thoughts and you can’t go wrong.
“To all the players I have been privileged to be around: I love you, and I have enjoyed every minute. I cannot tell you how proud I am of how hard you work. Change is inevitable. It is with mixed emotions that these opportunities arise for a coach. The work that was put in was not wasted. Us it and move forward. This applies to both the coach and the player. I am extremely proud of all that was accomplished. Never let another person’s decisions define your actions. #staystraughnstrong.”

Covington County Superintendent Shannon Driver could not immediately be reached for comment Wednesday night. The Star-News will update this story as more information is available.