Thursday, April 7, 2011
Marshall selects football coach
By BARRY BURLESON
Barrett Donahoe wants to keep a good thing going.
He was recently named the new head football coach at Marshall Academy. He will replace Keith Wicker, who retired after taking the Patriots to the state playoffs in all four of his seasons at the helm.
“I’ve kept up with Marshall’s success,” said the 31-year-old Donahoe. “I knew about Coach Wicker and his excellent reputation. I knew a lot of good things were going on at Marshall.
“It was really a no-brainer to apply for this position. I’ve always thought highly of Marshall Academy. I know there is a group of kids here who know how to win and be successful.”
Donahoe, who grew up in Crystal Springs, graduated from Copiah Academy and the University of Mississippi. His coaching stops, most assisting with varsity football and baseball, include Lee (Ark.), Jackson Academy, Tri-County, Copiah and Pillow Academy. He was at Tri-County three years, one of those as head varsity football coach. He was an assistant at Copiah, which lost that year in the Class AAA playoffs. Last season he was an assistant at Pillow, which won the Class AAA Division II state crown.
“I’ve always been of the opinion that the less moves by a coach, the better,” Donahoe said, “but every move I’ve made has been for a specific reason. I was comfortable at Copiah; I was comfortable at Pillow; but this was an opportunity for me to be a head football coach. There was only a handful of schools where I wanted to do that, and Marshall was one of those.”
He said with nine years of coaching experience, he’s ready to be the head man at MA at a young age.
“I think every coach at every age level brings his own characteristics to a job,” Donahoe said. “Coach Wicker is fine man and a great coach. I’m very fortunate to be able to come in and follow him. I will bring enthusiasm and continue to push these kids in the right direction from a discipline standpoint.
“No doubt, I feel I am ready for this opportunity. I have 100 percent confidence that we can get the job done here.”
He met with Marshall players and assistant coaches Friday. He will lead spring training in May – after baseball season concludes.
“I think spring training will be very valuable,” Donahoe said. “I will be able to evaluate what we have – as far as skills and attitude-wise. It will let them get to know me better and I can also get to know them. That way we will be ready to roll when August comes around.”
The Patriots went 36-12 the past four seasons.
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