Greer’s Cobras enjoy great year

Published 6:00 am Wednesday, January 2, 2002

Wesson head coach Ronald Greer has enjoyed an exceptionalfootball season. His Cobras finished the 2001 campaign 12-2,captured the Region 6-2A title and advanced to the third round ofthe Class 2A state football playoffs. And for the first time inGreer’s seven years as head coach, his Cobras defeated the LoydStar Hornets 32-9 in regular season play to secue the divisiontitle.

For his accomplishments, Greer has been named the DailyLeader’s 2001 Area Football Coach of the Year.

“It’s an outstanding honor,” said Greer who is 36 years old.”It’s an honor that supports our entire staff and team.” Greer isalso serving his second year as high school principal.

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Greer talked about several reasons why the Cobras weresuccessful this season. “We had real good team chemistry. We gotalong real well. We worked to have a lot of fun playing football.We enjoyed coaching them. We went through the year without anyinjuries.”

One of the key reasons for the resurgence of Wesson as afootball power has been a high player participation in the summerweightlifting program.

Greer explained the teams recent success is due to “thededication the kids and coaches had to the off-season program. Wehad the best participation we have ever had. Phillip Knight does agreat job of coordinating the summer program.”

The Cobras will lose nine seniors from this year’s regionchampionship team. Seniors Billy Ray Miller, Richie Miller andMarcus Corley were named to the All-Region 6-2A team with Billy RayMiller as the MVP. Both Millers made the Mississippi Association ofCoaches All-State 2A defensive team.

“We are losing outstanding leaders.,” Greer stated. “Theyare good kids. They have led our program well. There will be somebig shoes to fill.”

Greer credits the team’s success with his assistant coaches.”I would like to thank all of the coaches and their families. Ithank them for their time and dedication.”

The coaches include Phillip Knight, Rob Channell, RickGunter and Ronnie Channell.

“I can’t say enough about how professional they are abouttheir jobs,” added Greer. “Their families give up a lot of theirtime. And I would like to thank the kids for what they havedone.”

Greer added a special thank you for his wife and hischildren who give up a lot of important family time with theirfather. “I appreciate Jennye, my wife, and my three kids,” Casey,age 11; Leah, age 9 and Cullen, age 6.

Greer added, “I would like to thank Mr. (Billy O.) Britt(school principal) and the administration. I’d also like to thankDennis White, our video technician, and Craig Smith who does ourstatistics. “

Greer was born in Pascagoula, in 1965 and is the son of theRev. Hubert and Deloris Greer. The family traveled across the statein their ministry and settled down in this area. His father, whopastors a church in the area, is also a renowned singer.

At Brookhaven High School, the athletic Greer participatedin several sports. He played football for Bud O’Hara. He spent thenext two years at Co-Lin and played cener on offense for CoachJames Sloan.

From Co-Lin, Greer went to Mississippi College for the nexttwo years and graduated with a degree in secondary education andhistory.

In 1988, Greer joined Clinton High School as a freshman headcoach for one year and assisted on the sidelines with the varsityteam. A year later, Greer became defensive coordinator for thevarsity team and held that position until 1995 when he left Clintonfor the vacated head coaching job at Wesson.