For the sixth time in just a few weeks a coach at Rome High School has resigned. This time, Brent Bell, an assistant football and basketball coach announced that he will continue to teach, but not coach at Rome High School.
Bell coached receivers this past season on the state championship team.
He also served as an assistant basketball coach under Milt Travis, who resinged last Friday.
Yet another head varsity coach at Rome High School has resigned. Head boys basketball coach Milt Travis announced on Friday that he has submitted his resignation citing changes within the school’s operations.
Travis has been the boys head coach since 2013.
Travis added that he has plans to coach again.
There is speculation that head football coach John Reid’s daughter Kiersten Reid, a basketball coach at Lagrange College, will take over as the head girl’s basketball coach.
News of Travis’ resignation comes a day after Dr. Eric Holland accepted the Rome City School Board’s offer to be the next principal at Rome High. Holland, the interim principal at Tift County’s ninth grade academy, coached the 7A team there to the state basketball championships this season and in 2014. Holland will not be coaching in Rome.
Changes at Rome City Schools are continuing. Three head varsity coaches and the athletics director have taken other jobs and will not return to Rome High School next year.
Athletic Director for Compliance Kevin Strickland has accepted a job at Model High School. Strickland, the former girls head basketball coach, has overseen Barron Stadium since the school system took over.
Current girls head basketball coach Jared Hughes has accepted the head coaching job with Woodstock High School. Hughes has proven himself to be one of the hottest young coaches in the state. After leading the Lady Wolves to the state playoffs last year Hughes led the Wolves to an 18 win season despite numerous starters being out with injury.
Hughes went 35-17 in two seasons at Rome. Woodstock, a 7A school, reached the state quarterfinals two two years ago.
Head baseball coach Michael Dougherty has decided to leave and will take over at a Floyd County School next year. His wife, Jennifer Doughert, head cheerleading coaching, is also leaving the school system.
Michael Dougherty is quoted to say that he did not accept a contract renewal because uncertainty with the next Rome High School principal.
Dougherty said ” I love Rome, but when there are a lot of changes taking place, it creates an unsettling feeling and you have to take care of your kids first. We put that in front of everything.”