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New Face, Familiar Way

By Thomas Sellers Jr.Munford Football JR Kirby

JR Kirby is familiar with Tipton County football and success.
When he was named the new leader of the Munford Cougars earlier this year, Kirby was ready for the challenge of returning Cougar Football to a consistent winner.
“It’s been great,” Kirby said of his time on campus. “We got here around January, most of the staff and myself. So I’ve had the opportunity to be with them an entire offseason. I believe if I had come in June or this time, we’d really be looking at an uphill battle.”
Entering the 2013 season, the Cougars named Ahmaad Galloway head coach. Galloway was suspended after an incident at a road game leading to his resignation. Assistant Coach Benard Ivie finished out the season with the Cougars going 2-8.
Meanwhile Kirby was a coordinator at Crockett County. Kirby, 32,  started his coaching career at Munford’s Tipton County rival Covington in the mid 2000s.
“I am a young guy but I have had some success in my career being the offensive coordinator up at Covington when we played for a State championship,” Kirby recalled. “Being in that program when I first started coaching, when they were at the height of their success with Coach Murphy in ‘05 and ‘06. I’ve been around and done a lot of things. I’ve coordinated both sides of the ball offense and defense. I ran special teams.”
After his tenure at Covington, Kirby made stops throughout West Tennessee schools serving in multiple coaching roles.
“I’m going to take all those things and the people who have influenced me so far my career and take a little piece of everything I learn and put in this program,” Kirby concluded. “There’s no doubt about it, I’m here to turn it around. Don’t let the babyface fool you.”

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