Barron Selected to Head Search Committee for New CCC Football Coach
Coahoma Community College President Dr. Valmadge Towner announced that former Mississippi Valley State football coach Charles K. Barron, Sr. will be heading the search committee to find the Tigers next football coach. Current coach Freeman Horton has announced that his final day as coach will be Dec. 31.
Barron is currently serving as Conservator for the Sunflower County School District but has strong ties to Coahoma that include serving as football coach at Coahoma Agricultural High School and also doubling as coach at Coahoma Junior College when it reinstituted the football program in 1975. He completed his student teaching at Aggie in 1969 and served as football coach from 1970-76 – he was also the boys and girls track coach.
“Mr. Barron is a reputable, well respected educator that is acutely aware of not only the Mississippi Delta but our entire state,” said Towner. “I am confident that he can ensure that the search process will include transparency, objectivity and fairness.”
Barron’s wife, Loistean Barron, was an English and Reading instructor at Coahoma, and his son, Dr. Charles Barron, Jr., attended CCC before going to Alcorn State and then medical school in Iowa. Barron, Sr. left Coahoma in 1976 to coach football at Mississippi Valley State University where he coached between 1976-88.
Barron, Sr. is no stranger to the process of hiring a new football coach having served on the search committee that hired Coach Horton more than 11 years ago.
“Dr. Towner and I will meet as soon as possible to solidify what the expectations and responsibilities of our new coach will be,” said Barron, Sr. “Currently, I only know for sure that we will be searching for someone of high moral character that is a dynamic recruiter.”
Barron, Sr. says that the committee will have a minimum of five persons and that the college will take applications for the coaching vacancy through the end of December, and would like to announce the new hire in mid-to-late January.
Horton will stay on as Coahoma’s athletic director throughout the 2013-14 school year according to CCC President Dr. Valmadge Towner who offered up his appreciation to the Tigers coach.
"We appreciate the many things that Coach Horton has done here at Coahoma, and the time that he has invested teaching our student athletes both on and off of the field," said Towner. "We want to wish him the best in his future endeavors, and he leaves with the sincere gratitude and appreciation of everyone at Coahoma Community College."