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.

Davis Chosen as Callahan Scholar Athlete

Callahan Winner Katie DavisKatie Davis, a senior at New Albany High School, has been named the Lindy Callahan Scholar Athlete by the Mississippi High School Activities Association.  She was selected as the most outstanding female scholar athlete in District I.

Katie, a 4.0 honor student and multi-sport athlete, has participated in cheerleading, tennis, soccer, and powerlifting during her high school career.  She has received division honors in both soccer and tennis.  She has been a member of the state championship tennis teams for the past three years.

Davis is one of 16 seniors from across the state selected for the $1,500 scholarship. The honorees — one boy and one girl from high schools in each of the MHSAA’s eight geographical districts — were chosen for their academic accomplishments as well as their participation in high school athletics and extracurricular activities.

“We are proud of Katie being honored for this prestigious award,” said Lance Evans, NAHS Principal.  “She is a wonderful example of a well-rounded student athlete.”

Katie is the daughter of Joe and Jennie Davis.

She was honored at the MHSAA’s Lindy Callahan annual banquet on April 4.


NAHS Announces New Head Boys’ Basketball Coach

The New Albany School Board of Trustees has approved Robert Burdette as the new Head Boys’ Basketball Coach for New Albany High School (NAHS).

NAHS will officially present Coach Burdette as the New Albany Bulldogs Head Boys Basketball Coach at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 20th at the NAHS Media Center. A Meet & Greet reception will be held immediately following the announcement so that basketball families, school district employees, and the community can visit with Coach Burdette.

“We are excited to welcome Coach Burdette to the Bulldog family,” said Lance Evans, NAHS Principal. “He has the knowledge, experience, and work ethic to positively affect our students both on and off the court.”

Burdette has twenty-seven years of head coaching experience and comes to New Albany from Alabama where he served as head basketball coach for Alabama high schools such as Calera High School, Homewood High School, and South Lamar High School.

Burdette coached Darryl Wilson, who was named “Mr. Alabama Basketball” in 1992 and became a Mississippi State and SEC standout spoke the following regarding Coach Burdette, “I love that man! I tell you one thing. You are bringing in a guy with a basketball mind. He’s going to bring some major excitement to the program. I am very excited to see he’s going to be coaching here in Mississippi.”

New Albany High School Has 15 MHSAA Scholar Teams

Fifteen varsity athletic teams from New Albany High School have earned “scholar team” designation from the Mississippi High School Activities Association.

“We encourage excellence on the playing field, as well as in the classroom,” said Shane Sanderson, NAHS Athletic Director. “It’s a great honor for our athletic teams and our school district to be recognized in this way.”

The Mississippi High School Activities Association awards the scholar team distinction to teams with a composite grade point average of 3.0 or higher. Scholar teams from NAHS include:

  • Boys Tennis
  • Girls Tennis
  • Girls Soccer
  • Cross Country
  • Fast Pitch Softball
  • Cheerleading
  • Girls Golf
  • Boys Soccer
  • Girls Track
  • Volleyball
  • Girls Powerlifting
  • Boys Golf
  • Girls Basketball
  • Boys Basketball
  • Baseball

“The New Albany School District has long been known for its academic and athletic achievements. We are proud of our scholar-athletes who are carrying on that tradition,” said Jackie Ford, Superintendent of Schools.

Sports Physical Screening Event Scheduled for May 2

School personnel from the New Albany and Union County School Districts are once again working with local physicians, physical and occupational therapists, and athletic trainers to make preparations for the upcoming pre-participation sports physical screening event to be held on Thursday, May 2nd.  For the sixth consecutive year, the physicians of Creekmore Clinic will allow the use of their office for this event.  However, Creekmore Clinic is not responsible for required follow-ups.

The Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) requires all students who will participate in any MHSAA sanctioned event to have a pre-participation physical assessment.  This includes all students in grades 7-12 who will participate in any sport, including cheerleading, band, and chorus.  This evaluation must take place every year in which a child participates in an activity.

We will continue to require that students entering the 9th grade (current 8th graders) be seen by their personal physician for their physical evaluation in their physician’s office and not during the screening event. The MHSAA physical form for 2013-2014 9th grade students will be given to all current 8th graders and will also be available in all local physician/nurse practitioner offices. School officials and health care professionals encourage all parents with a child entering the 9th grade for the 2013-2014 school year to call and schedule their child for a wellness exam with his or her personal physician as soon as possible.  All completed physical forms should be turned in at the school before the end of this school year in order for the students to begin practices as scheduled.

“We feel that the past several years’ physical screening events have been very successful for students, parents, and schools and we will continue with the same process this year,” stated Dr. Brad Scott.

All students who plan to participate in an MHSAA sanctioned activity will soon be receiving a copy of a personal medical history form that MUST be completed, signed, and returned to the child’s school prior to May 2nd.  Each school will determine when these forms are due.  If a child does not have his or her form completed and signed by a parent, he/she will not be eligible to participate in the health-screening event.

School administrators appreciate the continued community support for extracurricular activities in the schools.  “Students who participate in these activities generally perform better in the classroom, have fewer discipline issues, and are less likely to drop out of school,” according to Jackie Ford, Superintendent of New Albany Schools.

“Our schools are fortunate to be a part of a community where physicians, healthcare professionals, and so many others are willing to donate their time so that our students are eligible to participate in extracurricular activities” said Tammie Reeder, Health Services Coordinator for New Albany Schools.

Any parent with questions about this year’s pre-participation screening should contact the child’s school.