Farris, Harris to take over
By Dennis Mills
Lynn Camp’s Phillip Russell was dismissed on Tuesday evening as the head football coach of the Wildcats. Lynn Camp, with only one win this season, suffered a 57-6 loss this past Friday to the Pineville Mountain Lions.
Knox County Superintendent Kelly Sprinkles said, “We decided we needed to make a change to give them an opportunity to move forward with the program. This move was just football related and will not affect his teaching position. He will still be teaching.”
Sprinkles said that the dismissal was not a result of one single item, but was an ongoing evaluation.
“At this point in time, we plan on allowing the assistant coaches to complete the season.”
Anthony Pennington, Lynn Camp High School principal, said, “We (Athletic Director Daniel Green and Superintendent Kelly Sprinkles) met Tuesday with Coach Russell and determined that it was time to move the program in a new direction. We have a solid assistant coaching staff that will coach for the remainder of the season ‘by committee.’ Willard Farris and Allen Harris will share the coaching responsibilities with Farris having the lead vote.”
Russell took over the program in 2012 and posted a 7-20 record over two and a half seasons.