Arnold Set to Hire Wright as Next Football Coach

Panama City Beach, FL---It appears as if Josh Wright is ready to move a little to the west and from 1A football to 5A ball.

Newschannel 7 Sports has learned coach Wright will be the head coach introduced Tuesday when the school makes it's official announcement about filling it's head coaching vacancy.

That vacancy created several weeks ago when James Hale, the only head coach Arnold football has ever had, announced he was leaving the program.

Coach Wright's name has been tossed around for quite some time in relation to the Arnold opening, and Newschannel 7 Sports confirmed he was one of the finalists for the job, his interview on Friday.

We've been told it came down to three finalists, including coach Wright. The other two, a coach from the Pensacola area and current Arnold assistant coach Bill Thomas, who both interviewed for the Arnold job Thursday. They both confirmed to us Monday they are now out of the running.

That leaves coach Wright. He's been the head coach of the Seahawks for the past four seasons, compiling a 13-27 record those four years. Before that he was an assistant coach at Mosley, it was there he struck up a strong relationship with current Arnold principal Keith Bland, who is leading the three person search committee at Arnold.

Coach Thomas is reportedly a serious candidate for the openings at Graceville and Sneads.

Again the official word on the Arnold hiring comes Tuesday at noon.