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

Harris Named STAR Student

Sarah Kathryn Harris has been named STAR Student for the 2017-2018 school year by the Mississippi Economic Council M. B. Swayze Foundation, sponsor of the Student Teacher Achievement Recognition (STAR) program.

The New Albany High School senior will be honored during the annual Education Celebration on April 12, 2018, at the Jackson Convention Complex in downtown Jackson.

Sponsors for this prestigious event and the Mississippi Economic Council are:  AT&T; Atmos Energy; BancorpSouth; Barksdale Management; Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi; Cooperative Energy, Electric Cooperative of Mississippi; Entergy Mississippi; Ergon, Inc.; Ingalls Shipbuilding; Mississippi Power Company; Nissan North America, Inc.; Sanderson Farms, Inc.; Trustmark National Bank; Walmart; and Yates Construction.  Additional local support for the STAR program is provided by MEC members from communities across the state.

STAR Students are selected on the basis of academic excellence. Both American College Test scores and scholastic averages are compared to determine the school’s STAR Student, explained Vickie Powell of Jackson, Senior Vice President of Foundations. “The STAR program encourages and promotes academic achievement among Mississippi’s high school seniors,” she said.

Harris is the daughter of Matt & JJ Harris.  She is a member of the National Honor Society, Student Government, Spanish Club, National Technical Honor Society, Technology Student Association, and FBLA.  Harris is an honor roll student and has received many academic awards.  She is a member of the NAHS soccer team.  She participates in the Northeast Mississippi Youth Foundation and is a graduate of the Union County Leadership Academy.

Each STAR Student is asked to designate a STAR Teacher, the classroom teacher who has made the greatest contribution to the student’s scholastic achievement.  Harris chose Gladys Pounders as her STAR teacher.


Dean Provence Endowment Grant Winners Announced

Pictured l-r: Tammy Almand, Katie Kidd, Tracy Vainisi, Julie Eaton, Mary Beth Muncie, and Keith Conlee, President of Endowment Board. Not Pictured: Lee Allen Holt.

The Dean Provence Endowment for Excellence in Education Board has announced the allocation of funds totaling nearly $12,800 to teachers in the New Albany School District (NASD). In an effort to maximize the effectiveness of the awards, this year grants were directed to New Albany Middle School, New Albany High School and NASTUC.  Endowment funding will be used for equipment and materials in the classroom that are not typically covered by the school budget.

The Endowment for Excellence in Education was begun in 1986 as the vision of School Board member Dean Provence. Provence, a New Albany native, was an active volunteer in both school and community activities. Through his volunteer efforts, he recognized the need for additional funding in the schools for projects and classroom materials, and was instrumental in establishing the endowment fund. Following his death, the locally supported endowment fund was renamed in memory of Provence and has continued to provide needed funding to classrooms in the New Albany Schools for more than twenty-five years. Since 1986, the Endowment has provided approximately $359,000 in support to the NASD.

The endowment is funded through individual and corporate contributions and fundraising events sponsored by the Endowment Board. Contributions to the Dean Provence Endowment for Excellence in Education are accepted throughout the year and may be mailed to New Albany Schools, Attention: Melanie Anderson, 301 Hwy. 15 North, New Albany, MS 38652.

Project – Applicant – School – Amount Awarded

Special Effects Lighting Production, Mary Beth Muncie, New Albany High School, $8,439

INAYEMS News, Tracy Vainisi & Julie Eaton, New Albany Middle School, $2,600

STEM Robotics, Lee Allen Holt & Tracy Vainisi, New Albany Middle School, $933

Flexible Seating, Tammy Almand, NASTUC, $312

Teen Life Skills Series, Katie Kidd, NASTUC, $499