Clanton takes job with ACCS program

Published 6:00 am Thursday, February 1, 2001

Doug Clanton has been hired to head the Adams County ChristianSchool football program. He will serve as head football coach whileBuddy Wade continues to be athletic director at ACCS.

Clanton, 55, coached two years at Brookhaven Academy and enjoyedmoderate success. The Cougars posted 6-5 records both years.

Asked about his new position, Clanton said, “I’m excited aboutit. We will be in AAA instead of AAAA. We have some good lookingathletes.”

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Clanton said the coaching staff is good at ACCS. He will havefour varsity assistant coaches and two coaches in the junior highwho will provide support on Friday game nights.

The Rebels finished 3-8 last year. They haven’t had a winningseason in six years. This will be their second year in AAA.

Clanton will conduct spring practice at ACCS. He will continueworking at Brookhaven Academy as a teacher until the school termfinishes. He teaches government, economics and Americanhistory.

“I’m going to miss a lot of the kids and lot of the people Iworked with at Brookhaven Academy.” said Clanton. “I plan to keepup with them.”

Clanton said the Cougars improved tremendously with their weighttraining program while he was there. “The facilities also improvedwhile I was here.”

A native of Franklin County, Clanton has been coaching footballfor 32 years. He coached 25 years at Jackson Murrah before movingto Bogue Chitto where he coached three years.

Clanton said he was grateful for the administrative support fromBA headmaster John Gray and his wife, Marie, the school’ssecretary. “I also want to thank Coaches Barry Gray and Neal Kingfor their support. Their wives helped support the program,too.”

No successor has been named for Clanton at BA. A searchcommittee has been formed to interview candidates.