New Tiger coaches officially on board
Miller tabbed Thorndale native Clint Adams, Clay Cox of Jacksboro and veteran Lenual Lemons from up-and-comer Huffman-Hargrave.
“I was terrified when those guys lef t, but af ter receving applications and going through the interview process, we replaced them with someone just as solid,” Miller said. “We were really lucky in that respect. These new people are going to do everything in their power to make this a better place.”
Miller found a veteran defensive coordinator to replace Jim Kerbow who left for Lamar Consolidated, in the veteran Lemons, who has been the defensive coordinator for the Hawks for the past six years.
Hargrave posted one of its best records in school history in 2010 at 9-3 before being knocked out by District 23-3A member Navasota in the second round of the playoffs.
Under Lemons, Miller revealed the Tigers will shift from a 3-4 defense to a 4-3 defense.
“I’m really excited about that aspect of our changes,” Miller said. “It suits our personnel better.”
Lemons will also assist with track and despite holding down the assistant baseball job at Hargrave, he will not coach hardball here.
Adams should be familiar with Rockdale as a former Thorndale player and coach.
After a short stint at his alma mater, Adams has been the head track and powerlifting coach at Class 2A Whitney and previously at Edna.
He will coach linebackers and assist in track.
Cox is from Miller’s old stomping ground at Jacksboro, although Miller did not know him.
“I got some really good references for him,” he said.
Cox, a West High School graduate who also spent some time at James Bowie, was the head baseball coach at Jacksboro and will hold down the same job here.
He will coach defensive ends in football.
The Tigers also bring aboard Lindsey Franklin as the assistant softball coach in her first coaching job.
Franklin, the wife of Thorndale basketball coach Doug Franklin, will work at the junior high.
Miller had previously hired Charlie Hall from Rotan as the new head track coach and footbsall assistant.
“They know the challenges we have coming up and are ready to take them on,” Miller said. “I’m excited.”
Clint Adams— Thorndale graduate has been the head track coach at Whitney and previously at Edna and Thorndale. Clay Cox—West native comes from Miller’s old stomping ground Jacksboro to become Tigers’ baseball coach. Lenual Lemons— Huffman- Hargrave defensive coordinator becomes Tigers DC. Lindsey Franklin—First-year coach will become Lady Tiger softball assistant.