New Albany has filled two coaching vacancies, hiring coaches for the two sports the school will add next fall.
Wayne Dye and Lashay Ashford were recently approved by the school district, filling spots for bowling and volleyball. For Dye, the addition of bowling in the New Albany schools has been a long time coming.
“I’m glad to see it going,” Dye said. “I think there are quite a few bowlers that will be good, so this will be a great addition for the school that offers an alternative for the kids who can’t play football or other sports.”
Dye, who owns Action Lanes in New Albany, has strongly supported the sport in the county, allowing West Union, North Pontotoc and Lafayette to practice and compete at his business. He now looks forward to his future, building a program at New Albany.
“This will be great for the county, having three schools with the sport,” Dye said. “You already have the big rivalries in other sports, so this just offers something else for the schools to compete in.”
Ashford comes to New Albany after serving as the volleyball coach at Columbus and most recently teaching physical education in the Tupelo School District. Her reputation precedes her, as she was a member of Tupelo High’s first state championship in volleyball in 2002 and was named the Gatorade Player of the Year for the state in 2001-02.
Also a standout on the hardwood, Ashford was named All-State in basketball, and it is that sport she pursued in college, playing at the University of North Alabama.
Ashford will begin work with the team next week, holding tryouts for the inaugural season. All current 6-8 graders interested can tryout on Monday, April 23, at the middle school, and tryouts for grades 9-11 will be on Tuesday, April 24, at the high school. For more information regarding, contact New Albany Athletic Director Shane Sanderson.
Currently, the soccer positions at the high school remain open after the resignation of coaches Edgar Capaning and Les Huntington. Sanderson said that no hires have been made at this time, but the school has generated some interest in the positions.
Other openings in Union County include the boys’ basketball positions at Myrtle and West Union, coming in light of Jonathan Ashley’s transfer to Ingomar and the resignation of Joey Baird at West Union. No details on the status of those openings are currently available.