Rutherford Awarded Taylor Moore Scholarship at NAHS

Joseph Rutherford was awarded the Taylor Moore Memorial Scholarship at the New Albany High School graduation ceremony on May 25, 2018.  The $5,000 competitive scholarship is given each year to a deserving NAHS student who plans to attend college in Mississippi.  The scholarship selection process includes criteria relating to character, GPA, extracurricular activities, written essay, and an interview by a selection committee.

Joseph is the son of Beverly and Ross Rutherford, Sr.   He plans to attend Mississippi State University this fall and pursue his studies in Engineering.

Rutherford was a member of the New Albany High School Marching Band where he served as a student leader.  An honor graduate, he was a member of the ACT 30+ Club, Mu Alpha Theta, and Spanish Club.  Rutherford was also involved with the School Musical.   He was a member of the Union County Leadership Academy.  At NAHS, he was a two-sport athlete, participating in track and bowling.

The Taylor Moore Scholarship was established by Bobby and Minerva Moore in memory of their son who died in 2000.  Taylor Moore was a 1988 honor graduate of W.P. Daniel High School.  He was Mr. DHS, Most Popular, Most Dignified, and Class Favorite and was active in student government.  Moore played first base for the DHS baseball team, and received numerous academic honors.  He went on to receive his bachelors and masters degrees in business administration from Mississippi State University.

The scholarship established in his memory has been awarded for fourteen years to outstanding graduates of New Albany High School.  Past recipients of the Taylor Moore Scholarship are Stacy Stepp, Darden Holmes, Kyle Kimbrough, Ivy Lauren Williams, Kyle Hickey, Callie Creekmore, Taylor Goode, Josh Creekmore, Olivia Dunnam, Lauren Cavender, Jack Hickey, Meghan Van, and Sam Cagle.

Lott to Serve as New Albany High School Athletics Director

The New Albany School Board of Trustees approved the hiring of Todd Lott as New Albany High School Athletics Director at its monthly meeting on June 4.

Lott has more than twenty years of experience as an athletic director in both private and public schools.  Lott has experience coaching football, soccer, and track in various capacities at the private school, public school, and community college levels since 1988.  Most recently he served as Head Football Coach and Athletic Director of Saint Joseph Catholic School in Madison, Mississippi.

“I’m excited to join New Albany High School and look forward to working with the students, coaching staff, faculty, and community,” Lott said. “I want student-athletes to become better people for having been a part of our athletic programs.”

“We are pleased to welcome Coach Lott to New Albany High School and look forward to him leading our athletics program.  His experience in athletics administration and in coaching will be a tremendous asset to our student-athletes and our coaching staffs,” said John Ferrell, New Albany High School Principal.

Lott holds a Bachelor of Administration in Accounting and a Master of Education in Administration from Delta State University.  He completed the Teach Mississippi Institute Program through Delta State as well.

He and his wife, Annie are the parents of two daughters and one son:  Morgan is in Physical Therapy School; Katie Beth is a senior at Delta State University; and Charlie is a high school junior.


Stubblefield Named New Head Football Coach

Cody Stubblefield has been named the Head Football Coach for the New Albany High School Bulldogs.  The New Albany School Board of Trustees approved his hiring at the June 4 School Board Meeting.  He replaces Jake Hill who resigned earlier in the spring.

Stubblefield returns to the school where he got his coaching start.  His stint at New Albany included the stellar season of 2010, when the Bulldogs went 13-1.

He returns to New Albany from Tupelo High School where he has served as the Offensive Coordinator for the past two seasons.  While serving at Tupelo, the team comprised a 23-2 record.  This past season, Tupelo led 6A in scoring.  Prior to his stint in Tupelo, Stubblefield coached four years as the offensive line and run game coordinator at Lafayette High School where they compiled a 38-18 record.

Stubblefield is a 2005 graduate of North Pontotoc High School where he garnered many awards and was the first athlete to sign a Division I scholarship.  He began his college career at Itawamba Community College where he started every game and was named an All State and All American Offensive Lineman.  He continued his playing career at the University of Memphis where he started every game his senior year at left tackle.

“We are pleased to have Coach Stubblefield leading our football program,” said John Ferrell, New Albany High School Principal.  “He will bring a wealth of football knowledge to our program and his experiences as both a college player and an assistant football coach will be beneficial.  He is from this area, understands the importance of football to the New Albany community, and is ready to lead the program in a positive direction.”

Stubblefield said, “I am thrilled to be back home in New Albany. I am excited about the opportunity to lead this program and to help develop these young men to become successful on and off the field. There is no way I can express my appreciation to Mr. Evans, Mr. Ferrell, and the Board of Trustees for giving me this great opportunity. I promise that this coaching staff and I will work tirelessly to move this program to new heights.”

Coach Stubblefield and his wife, Emilee, have one son, Ray who is six weeks old.



Hall Named Head Baseball Coach at NAHS

The New Albany School Board approved the hiring of Buddy Hall as Head Baseball Coach at New Albany High School on Thursday, May 17.  Hall served as Interim Head Coach this spring at New Albany High School

“Coach Hall did a tremendous job of leading our players this past spring during a difficult time of transition,” said Lance Evans, Superintendent.  “We appreciate his leadership during that time and are excited about what he will bring to our program in an official capacity.  Having a veteran educator with his years of experience in coaching, teaching, and administration will be an asset to our athletic department.”

Hall is a graduate of Booneville High School. He attended Northeast Mississippi Junior College where he played both football and baseball. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education from Mississippi State University and his Master of Arts in Educational Leadership from the University of Mississippi.

Hall began his coaching career at New Albany High School in 1986-87. In 1990 he was named Head Baseball Coach. He posted an overall record of 164-71 during his initial eight seasons as Head Coach.

In 1998, he left coaching to enter into school administration. However, he remained active coaching competitive USSSA traveling teams and American Legion teams. He has also coached in the Cotton States Collegiate League for the past nine seasons as well as the high school league over the years.

He retired from public education in 2011. However, he returned to the diamond at New Albany from 2011-2015 as an assistant to Coach John Walker.

Coach Hall has coordinated and instructed at numerous high school and collegiate baseball camps, served as the tryout coordinator for the State Games of Mississippi North Region, and co-hosted area high school showcases, and traveled nationally as an instructor with The Baseball Factory.

Coach Hall was a founding member of Northeast Mississippi Coaches Association for Better Baseball (NEMCABB) and has served as Board Member for 28 years and Secretary/Treasurer. In 2005, he was inducted into the NEMCABB Hall of Fame.

“This program, the players, and the community are very special to me, and I’m excited to have the opportunity once again to be the Head Baseball Coach for the Bulldogs,” Hall said.

New Albany High School Art Show Winners

The annual New Albany High School Art Show was held Monday, April 9 at the Union County Heritage Museum.  The following winners were announced:

Art I Mixed Media Self Portraits:

Honorable Mention-Myranda Cobb

Honorable Mention-Joseph Fennell

3rd Place-Caitlyn Osgood

2nd Place-Christiana Rowan

1st Place-Annae Scales

African Sticks:

Honorable Mention-Jovany Guerrero

Honorable Mention-Shannon Boyd

3rd Place-Adan Galvan

2nd Place-Cecelia Pullman

1st Place-Anna Walls

Art II, III, & IV Mixed Media Portraits:

Honorable Mention-Vivian Vainisi

Honorable Mention-Aaron Scales

3rd Place-Gabby Porter

2nd Place-Anna Trexler

1st Place-Cecelia Pullman

Art II, III, & IV Oil Pastel Portraits:

Honorable Mention-Jacqueline Ramirez

3rd Place-Cecelia Pullman

2nd Place-Aaron Scales

1st Place-Vivian Vainisi

African Jewelry:

Honorable Mention-Carey Beth Doyle

3rd Place-Hailey Hogue

2nd Place-Carly Hill

1st Place-Megan Whiteside

Acrylic Skull Study:

Honorable Mention-Alana Graham

3rd Place-Gabby Porter

2nd Place-Vivian Vainisi

1st Place-Kaitlin Denham

Theatrical Costuming:

Honorable Mention-Alena Graham, Munchkin hat

3rd Place-Madison Graham, Kalida costume

2nd Place-Anna Trexler, masks

1st Place-Cecelia Pullman, Scarecrow wig

Museum Purchase Awards:

Aaron Scales-Study of a Skull

Vivian Vainisi-Theatrical Prom, Green Camera

Best of Show:

Kaitlin Denham, Kalida costume from The Wiz