June 9, 2010 11:09:00 AM
Two sources Tuesday confirmed that former Nettleton and Hamilton High School head football coach Ricky Kendrick will be the head football coach at Caledonia High School.
Kendrick and the sources declined to comment before Friday, when the hiring is expected to be approved by the Lowndes County School Board.
Kendrick coached Hamilton to records of 3-7 in 2003 and 7-3 in 2002.
In all, Kendrick, 44, has worked as a coach for 17 years. He spent eight seasons as a coach at Nettleton High School, the first seven as defensive coordinator and the final year as head coach. He worked for two seasons as defensive backs and ninth-grade football coach at Tupelo High before moving on to Hamilton High School, where he spent two seasons and worked as athletic director and as an assistant principal.
Kendrick also worked as a track and field and an assistant football coach at Columbus High School (with Rusty Funk) and as an assistant football coach (defensive coordinator) at Amory High School for the past two years for coach Pat Byrd.
Kendrick has worked as a powerlifting coach and as a boys and girls track and field coach multiple times.
Kendrick replaces David Boykin, who left Caledonia High School last month after one season to become an assistant coach to M.C. Miller at Louisville High School.
Boykin, who was in his second stint at Caledonia High School, went 0-10 in 2009. Amory High defeated Caledonia 28-0 last season.
Boykin coached Caledonia to 3-7 records in 2006 and ''07. He replaced Jason Forrester, who resigned as coach following the ''08 season.
Jack Hankins, who went 27-45 in seven seasons at Caledonia, led the school to its first playoff appearance in 2004 (6-5 record). That finish was the only time in the past 15 years Caledonia has had a winning record.
The hiring of Kendrick is one of several expected to be approved Friday or in the coming weeks by the Lowndes County School Board. Caledonia High also conducted coaching searches for a new baseball coach and a new girls basketball coach.
Adam Minichino is the Sports Editor for The Commercial Dispatch.
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