The Jefferson City Schools Board of Education on Thursday promoted assistant football coach Ben Hall to head coach of the high school team.
Effective Feb. 1, Hall will replace T. McFerrin, whose resignation the board also accepted. McFerrin’s last day is Jan. 31.
The board’s vote on Hall and McFerrin was unanimous and passed as part of one motion.
“Look at that as a sign of our support for you and your team,” school board Chairman Ronnie Hopkins said, smiling. “We look forward to you taking over and the first game of the year. And we all know who that is and we know what needs to be done…No pressure.”
Hall has served as an assistant coach at JHS for several years. McFerrin, 70, announced his retirement on Jan. 3, the first day students returned to school after the holiday break.
At the meeting, the board presented him with a proclamation as part of a special recognition of the 2012 team, which won the school’s first-ever state championship in December.
A number of players attended the meeting and joined in a standing ovation for the coach, who retires after four years at JHS and a career that spanned 38 seasons, included 340 wins and two state championships.
“Hopefully, we will do this again,” Hopkins said, of the team's recognition. “But there can never ben another first.”
The man put at the helm of the Dragons’ stab at a second title acknowledged McFerrin’s impact on his own coaching path. In answer to a question he fielded on “replacing” McFerrin, he told the board that won’t be possible.
“You don’t replace a T. McFerrin, you just try to carry on and conduct business in the way he has done so for many years and had a lot success with,” Hall said. “Everyone who has worked with him or played for him is better person because of it.”
Well Mr Hopkins all we can say over here in commerce about your comment is we are looking forward to back to back wins.... maybe the new Walmart will be open so ya won't have far to go to get your crying towels... see ya in the fall!
01/16/13 at 08:26 AM
Yea Commerce is such a powerhouse.. Heard 9 players are quitting because of the coaching staff. I look forward to Jefferson beating the brakes off the lowly tigers.. Maybe your tigers can drum up some support from the fans to actually come out and watch them.
02/02/13 at 08:08 PM
Those "lowly" Tigers beat the best team in JHS history. And own a 42-19-5 record against them. I wouldn't talk trash if I were you.
Yeah commerce had something to play for that night and i am glad they beat us! It makes me wanta thank commerce for opening our eyes up to the fact we were not invincible! But hey we did not hang our gear up and quit we worked harder and got stronger and won a state championship!!!