High School Sports

Russell County names Vince Wiggins as interim football coach

SEALE, Ala. -- For two months after former football coach Demond McCoy stepped down, Russell County High searched for his long-term replacement.

On Tuesday night at the Board of Education's monthly meeting, superintendent Mike Green announced they would continue to take their time.

Vince Wiggins, who was defensive coordinator on McCoy's staff in 2013, was approved as the interim coach for the 2014 season, but the system will continue to review its options for 2015 and beyond.

"It's so late that we named him the interim," Green said. "We changed coaches so late in the game that we couldn't open the search as much as we needed to."

Green said that there were nine applicants for the position, including Wiggins. Four of those applicants, all of whom had head coaching experience, were interviewed. Former Central High coach Woodrow Lowe was one of the four, but Green said the hire "never materialized."

Two other "high-profile" candidates from the area were also interviewed, though Green elected to keep names private at their request.

While Wiggins isn't officially the coach of the future, Green insisted that was the hope of both parties. Wiggins, who graduated and assisted at Central before coaching for two seasons at Jeff Davis, said his goal was always to return to the head coaching ranks. Wiggins went 0-10 in his first season at Jeff Davis and 6-5 in 2013.

"I left Central to become a head coach (at Jeff Davis)," he said. "Once you get that experience, that's what you want to do. That's been my goal since I left Jeff Davis and I plan on earning that here."

Green said his experience as a head coach was what garnered the confidence that he could lead the program as an interim. His hope is that Wiggins will lead the Warriors to continued success,

building upon last season's playoff berth, and show the capability to lead the program long term.

"We think he's a great coach," Green said. "He'll do a great job. He sent 24 players to college at Jeff Davis. He has a proven track record. He is interested in the job and it's certainly a possibility."

Green added that Wiggins' familiarity with the program and its success last season was another big reason for the decision.

With the speculation now aside, Wiggins said he can focus on installing the offense and tweaking the defense to his liking. The team has been working over the summer, but will ramp up workouts now that there is no uncertainty on the future.

In addition to Wiggins, Tony Rasmus was approved as the new baseball coach, as was reported in the Ledger-Enquirer last week.

Rasmus is replacing Wiggins as the baseball coach.

Supplements of $8,000 and $5,500 were approved to Wiggins and Rasmus, respectively.

Speaking on the return of Rasmus, Green said it was a great move for the program.

"We had a lot of success when he was here before and he brings that back to us," he said. "We struggled last year, and I think he can bring some of that momentum back. He's a hard worker and he works the kids hard, and they like that."

Other coaching supplements approved at the meeting were Sam Moates (boys basketball), Shawn Taylor (girls basketball), Jason Price (wrestling) and Erica Lee (volleyball).