Thursday, June 7, 2012
Washington shifts to administration at Potts Camp
By BARRY BURLESON
Markeith Washington is looking forward to becoming a school administrator but he’s also happy he will still be on the football field.
The former Byhalia High School head football coach will be a part of the leadership team at Potts Camp High School, working with principal Leigh Anne Sanderson and assistant principal Shane Stone. He will also be an assistant football coach, working under Stone.
“It was time to make a move and get more into administration,” Washington said.
He received his master’s in education administration last year and he is working on his doctorate.
“I’m thankful for the opportunity to work at Potts Camp, and I appreciate Mrs. Sanderson, Coach Stone and Jerry Moore (superintendent of education) giving me this opportunity.
“I’m excited. Potts Camp has good, motivated kids with a great work ethic. Hopefully, I can contribute to the success there. I want to learn a lot and become a very effective administrator.”
Washington wore many hats during his four-year stay at Byhalia.
“I had the chance to be an athletic director, head football coach, boys basketball coach, girls basketball coach, track coach and softball coach,” he said. “How many people can say that? And I did them all in one year one time.”
He took over the Indian football program in 2008 during a rebuilding stage.
“We started from zero and had to rebuild the program all the way around,” Washington said.
His tenure at BHS included a tough step up from 3A to 4A for a couple of seasons. Then last season his Indians finished 6-6 and made the Class 3A playoffs, losing in the first round to Booneville.
“I want to thank Mr. (Don) Jackson (the principal) for the opportunity to work at Byhalia High School,” he said. “It was a wonderful experience being an Indian, but now I’m a Cardinal.”
He said he is very excited about John Danley, who he brought in as an assistant at BHS, being named the head football coach of the Indians. Washington and Danley are long-time friends.
“They should have a very good year,” Washington said. “The program is in good shape.”
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