Cottondale, FL---The last football head coaching vacancy for our area heading into the 2014 season is now filled.
Cottondale has it's new head football coach officially in place now.
That new coach is Tyler Addison, a 2007 graduate of Cottondale, who ran spring ball for the Hornets. That though was supposed to be an interim gig as head coach, until the arrival of Jerome Godwin. He was hired to replace the retiring Mike Melvin, but couldn't start the job until June.
Then last week Godwin, also a Cottondale alum, changed his mind, leaving the job open. Wednesday the school offered the job to Addison, and so now he is the head coach.
Cottondale Principal Ken Granger telling the Jackson County Florida he’s confident that it will be a smooth transition with Addison.
“He knows the kids and the kids love him and respect him. He’s a great role model for those kids,” Granger says. “He’s played college football, he knows the Cottondale system, and he’s been under coach Melvin for the last couple of years. With anything, there’s going to be some trials that come along with it, but I know he’ll handle them the best way he can.”
Granger telling the paper he had no reservations about hiring a coach without a great deal of coaching experience. Addison, who is 24, has just two years of prep coaching experience.
The injury plagued Hornets lost both quarters in last Saturday's jamboree, a 6-0 loss to Graceville, 14-0 to Sneads.