The Harrison County School Board approved the recommendation of coordinator Tracy Rogers as West Harrison's next football coach.
Rogers, who is the husband of softball coach Brittany Rogers, will have an opportunity to establish a new tradition at WHHS. The Hurricanes have struggled to gain traction over the years, but Rogers is energetic and his vision for the future was what won over the hiring committee.
"We're excited about the direction he has in store for the program," Harrison County athletics director Bobby Trosclair said. "We bought into the ideas he presented during his interviews and we look forward to the energy and excitement he plans to bring to the program."
Rogers spent the 2010-'12 seasons at West Harrison before going to West Jones and Hancock in 2013 and 2014 respectively.
He returned to WHHS in 2015 as defensive coordinator and, after Harden's resignation, he helped run the offseason program.
"I'm ready to go to work. We're going to put a lot of hard work in," said Rogers, who was at his wife's softball game Monday night when he got official word he had been approved. "We're going to be physical and put a lot of speed on the field."
WHHS won four games in Sean Harden's first season in 2013, but the 'Canes were 0-22 over the last two seasons. Harden resigned after the season, stating it was time for someone else to see if they could get the Hurricanes to turn the corner.
D'Iberville coach TBD
It may take another week to determine Buddy Singleton's replacement at D'Iberville.
Trosclair said the committee finished interviews late Friday afternoon and still needs time to properly vet the candidates.
He's confident they will have a recommendation for next Monday's board meeting.
Earlier this spring, George County replaced John Douglass with former Taylorsville coach Matt Caldwell.
D'Iberville, Bay High and Stone High are currently the only Coast jobs still open. Singleton officially announced his retirement from D'Iberville earlier this year. Bay's Jeff Hopgood left last week to join Rocky Gaudin's staff at Hancock. Adam Stone stepped down last month from his position with the Tomcats but will still remain in an administrative role at the high school.