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By RUSSELL TURNER
The Mike King era at Greene County High School football is coming to an end.
King, who is coming off a third straight winning season as the top Wildcat, met with GCHS players last Wednesday morning to tell them he was leaving the program to become an offensive coordinator the junior college level.
All indications are that King will take his talents to Poplarville to join the staff of head coach Seth Smith, who was introduced as the new PRCC coach at an event at the school last Thursday. Smith replaces Ted Egger who was let go in October after three years at the school. Smith led the football program at East Central High School in Hurley before taking the PRCC post.
During his three seasons at GCHS, King posted a 28-10 record and led the Wildcats to three straight playoff appearances. His 2019 squad got off to an 0-3 start, but rebounded with eight straight wins en route to the school’s first Region 7-4A regular season championship since 2007. The Wildcats were put out of the playoffs last week in a 17-14 loss on the road at Lawrence County.
“I have never been more proud of Greene County football than I am right now,” GCHS Principal Scott Bray told GCHS players in response to King’s announcement. “This program is everything I ever wanted it to be.”
“These (coaches’) leadership has been tremendous. I promise you this. Me and Mr. (Assistant Principal Ricky) Dickson will sit down and we will take applications, interview and I promise you we will find the very best coach possible.”
King is expected to remain at GCHS through the remainder of this semester before moving on to his new job at the first of the year.
Bray said Wednesday morning the search to replace King will begin immediately and that he hopes to name a replacement by the end of the year.