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Wise Central searching for new baseball, volleyball coaches

KEVIN MAYS, [email protected] • Jun 2, 2018 at 1:48 AM

The search to replace two long-term head coaches is on for Wise Central athletic director David Stanley.

Warriors baseball coach Brian Mills and volleyball coach Angie Duncan have resigned their respective positions.

Duncan said recently the challenge of coaching both volleyball and girls tennis had taken a toll.

In the past, coaching two or even three sports was commonplace at schools in the region. But as practice regulations have become more and more relaxed and sports have become year-round activities, the stress of coaching more than one sport has increased dramatically.

Duncan, who plans to continue coaching tennis, has served as head coach for all six seasons of Central’s existence.

Earlier this week, Stanley said he plans to recommend a replacement for Duncan to the Wise County School Board for its approval at its June 11 meeting.

“Right now, we’re down to two candidates,” Stanley said.

The naming of Mills’ replacement will take a little longer.

Mills, like Duncan, has coached at Central since the school opened six years ago. His 10-year baseball head coaching career started at the former J.J. Kelly High School in Wise.

“I want to take on new challenges,” Mills said of his reason for resigning. “I love baseball, but life is too short and I want to experience other things.”

BURTON REVEALS HALL OF FAME CLASS

The newest inductees into the J.I. Burton Hall of Fame were revealed on Friday.

The inductees are:

• Dr. John Fulton, a multisport athlete who graduated from the school in 1952;

• The 1958 District 8 championship football team;

• Fred McConnell, a member of the 1958 football squad;

• Ken Crowder, the voice of the Raiders’ football and basketball public address for more than two decades;

• Ethan Stewart, a record-setting quarterback for the Raiders;

• Gerald Lawson, a member of J.I. Burton’s football chain gang for better than four decades.

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