Sloan Named NAMS Assistant Principal

New Albany School District announces the hiring of Anna Kathryn Sloan as the next Assistant Principal of New Albany Middle School.  Sloan brings several years of experience in education, coaching, and research.  Most recently, Sloan served as a secondary education teacher and coach in the Tupelo Public Schools.

Sloan is a graduate of Millsaps College where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Political Science.   She earned a Masters in Public Administration and a Masters in Public Health from the University of Alabama-Birmingham.  She received her Masters in Secondary Education Teaching from Mississippi State University and her Specialist in Educational Leadership from the University of Mississippi.

Mrs. Sloan stated the following about the new opportunity in the New Albany School District, “I am thrilled about coming to work for the New Albany School District.  I cannot think of a better place to begin my administrative career than New Albany Middle School.  I eagerly anticipate getting to work with and know the students, staff, and faculty.  I would like to thank Mr. Evans and Mr. Wright for giving me the opportunity to work in this incredible school district.”

New Albany Middle School Principal Jamey Wright stated, “We are fortunate to be adding Mrs. Sloan to our team.  Her experience as a teacher, coach, and researcher will serve our school and our students well.”

Mrs. Sloan was approved by the New Albany School Board of Trustees on June 4 and replaces Jane Hubbard who resigned last month.


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 has 16 MHSAA scholar teams

Sixteen of New Albany High School’s varsity teams have earned “scholar team” designation from the Mississippi High School Activities Association with a composite GPA of 3.0 or higher.

“We are extremely proud of all of these programs and are appreciative to our coaches who continue to promote the ideals of be a student-athlete and being dedicated to academics,” said Shane Sanderson, NAHS Athletic Director.

New Albany High School’s Scholar Teams include:

Girls’ Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Cheer
  • Fast Pitch Softball
  • Golf
  • Powerlifting
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Boys’ Sports:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track

“New Albany High School has long been known for its achievements both on and off the field,” said Lance Evans, Superintendent.  “We are proud of our scholar-athletes who continue to devote themselves to academics and athletics.”