December 17, 2009 9:24:00 AM
STARKVILLE -- Starkville Academy introduced Jeff Terrill as its next football coach at the school this morning.
Terrill replaces Brian Sims, who resigned in November after two years as the Volunteers'' football coach.
Starkville Academy Athletic Director Glenn Schmidt confirmed Terrill''s hiring Wednesday even though she didn''t have a contract in hand.
Schmidt is excited to get a coach with Terrill''s experience.
"He''s coached a lot of football on two different levels," Schmidt said. "He came in at the right time and we were real interested in him. We had spoken with him once before in the last several years when we had a coaching change."
Terrill went 38-36 in eight season as head football coach at Itawamba Community College. He was also an assistant coach at East Mississippi C.C., Hinds C.C. and a head coach at Kosciusko High School.
Since he was yet to be introduced at the school, Terrill wouldn''t comment on his hiring when contacted Wednesday afternoon.
"I would prefer to make those statements (today)," Terrill said. "I don''t know what''s been said and I don''t want there to be any stomping the toes, but everyone expecting me to do that (today) is true. Since I have nipped it in the bud with others, I''m going to hold my comments until (today)."
It will be a homecoming to the area for Terrill, a Macon native.
Schmidt said it''s a chance for the Volunteers to have a fresh start with a football program that has won only one game the past two seasons.
"This is an opportunity for us to move forward," Schmidt said. "He''s got his work cut out for him, but we all do."