School sports are soon to kick off again, and the new seasons bring new coaches.
At Crossett High School, softball, tennis, golf, junior baseball and basketball all have new head coaches, and all sports have new assistants on board as well.
Dominic Lincoln graduated from Crossett in 2009, and — after coaching at Bryant High School — returned to Crossett earlier in the summer to take over as the Eagles basketball coach.
Collin Wilkerson, a graduate of Arkansas State University and a native of Hermitage, was hired last month to assist Lincoln on the court for the 2018-2019 season.
Also new to the Eagles’ basketball court is Colton Williams of Woodlawn, who will assist Coach Shanae Govan with Lady Eagles’ basketball.
“We have a lot of new faces this year, but I am excited for the direction our basketball program is headed in,” Govan said.
In addition to basketball, Williams will coach golf for the Eagles in the fall. Williams is a graduate of the University of Arkansas at Monticello, where he majored in health and physical education.
Govan said that she feels like Williams is excited to start his career and ready to make a difference.
“He’s ready to jump in and get started, and I think he’s going to have an impact on the girls’ basketball program,” Govan said.
Some staff members aren’t new to the school, but are new to their positions.
Justin Skender is not new to the Crossett Eagle staff, but he was recently named the new softball coach. Skender assisted the previous coach, Mary Ellen McMahen, last year with Lady Eagle softball.
“I’m excited about being named head coach, and I’m ready to build on what we have already started,” Skender said.
Skender will still be the defensive coordinator for Eagle football as well.
Lauren Manning is also returning to the field in a new position. Manning was hired to be the girls’ junior high softball coach last season, but this season will assist Skender with the high school team.
Grant Collins, a 2012 graduate of Crossett High School, returned to Crossett and was hired last month as the new tennis coach and will also assist Skender with softball. Collins graduated from the University of Arkansas at Monticello, where he majored in physical education and minored in Computer Information Systems.
Another 2012 Crossett alumni, Kolby Stewart, was likewise hired to assist Coach Skender and will assist with football as well. Stewart also majored in physical education and is a 2016 graduate of UAM.
The baseball staff will essentially be the same, but a few coaches have taken new roles. Coach Dustin Wolcott remains the coach with Austin Wilson as an assistant. However, Wolcott said that coach Derek Rodgers moved from the head coaching position on the junior high team to an assistant coaching position on varsity, and Coach James Adcock, who assisted Rodgers last year, will take over as the head coach of the Junior Eagles for the 2019 season.
The boys track coach, Rodney Lawson, will return to train the defending state champions, but the Lady Eagles’ track team has a new head coach. Govan, who assisted with track last year and acted as interim head toward the end of the season, will take over as the head coach for in the upcoming season.
The football coaches are in full swing as their brief summer break ended Monday. Basketball coaches are still leading summer workouts with their team, and the spring sports are currently weight training.
The first Crossett Eagle athletic event will be the maroon and white football game later this month.