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Broome out as Co-Lin coach

WESSON — After six years at the helm, Phil Broome has resignedas head football coach at Copiah-Lincoln Community College.

“I appreciate the opportunity Co-Lin has given me to coach forsix wonderful years,” said Broome. “I’ve enjoyed working with thecurrent and former players and coaching staff, but I need to focuson completing my PH.D. at this time.”

Broome will remain on staff as a full-time faculty member in thescience division. He is currently working on his doctorate degreein higher education leadership, which he will complete within thenext year.

“We appreciate Phil’s dedication to Co-Lin, especially hisemphasis on academics and character with his players,” said Co-LinPresident Dr. Howell Garner.

“I appreciated the opportunity to be here as head footballcoach,” added Broome. “I’ve enjoyed working with the faculty andstaff. I’ve had a good group of coaches to work with. I couldn’thave ask for more than that.”

An announcement will be made next week to name an interim headcoach. A staff opening notice for applications for head coachingposition will be forthcoming.

Co-Lin Athletic Director Gwyn Young will head the searchcommittee to find Broome’s replacement.

The Wolves are coming off an injury-plagued 3-7 season.

Broome compiled a 30-30 record while at Co-Lin. His 1995 teamposted an 8-2 record, earning him Coach of the Year honors. Broomeserved as defensive coordinator for five years prior to being namedhead football coach in 1995. He was a member of the coaching staffin 1989 and 1990 when the Wolves were South State Champs. He hasnumerous players playing Division I football with a virtual 100percent transfer and graduation rate.

Broome serves as science instructor, receiving the 1994 NISODaward for excellence in teaching. He earned his B.S. and M.S.degrees from the University of Southern Mississippi.

He is married to the former Cynthia Batson and they have twosons, Tyler, 13, and Caleb, 8.