By Nick Nunn staff writer
Last week, Morgan County High School (MCHS) Athletic Director Steve Cisson announced that Greg Thompson, current MCHS Tennis Coach, will be replacing Pam Hooten as the volleyball coach for Morgan County during the 2014-2015 school year. Additionally, Cisson announced that Morgan County Elementary School (MCES) physical education teacher Dusty Hawkins will be taking over as cross country coach form MCHS next year. Coach Thompson said that he was approached by Cisson about the volleyball coaching position. Thompson stated that he has 17-plus years’ worth of coaching experience, ranging from baseball and basketball to track, tennis, and golf, but this will be his first time serving as a volleyball coach. “I am looking forward to this new challenge,” said Thompson.
Coach Hawkins, who currently serves as the MCHS girls’ track coach, looks forward to the chance to build closer ties between Morgan County’s cross country and track teams. “I’m extremely excited about becoming the cross country coach,” said Hawkins. “I hope to establish a continuity between the cross country and track programs. “My goal this year is it get more students to run cross country,” continued Hawkins. “Also, I’m going to let seventh and eighth graders run since we don’t have a middle school program. This will benefit the program in the long term.” Hawkins added that the MCHS cross country team will be able to use the Morgan County Recreation Department’s Indian Creek Park as their home course. “The park has great trails and is an awesome venue to host meets. I’m appreciative of Lance Alexander with the Morgan County Recreation Department in allowing us to us this park. The recreation department is very supportive to both the track and cross country program.”