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Harrison High School released a pressed statement yesterday stating that head football coach Kent McCullough has submitted his resignation to take the same position at Turpin. The Wildcats went 39-26 in six years under McCullough with four playoff appearances in that span. He replaces Turpin’s winningest coach, Rob Stoll who went 122-48 in 15 years with the Spartans.
This was a move of opportunity for McCullough and there is no animosity between him and Harrison. In fact, quite the opposite is true.
“More important than his football record, Coach McCullough stressed academics with his players,” said John Hamstra, superintendent of the Southwest Local School District. McCullough’s student-athletes achieved a 3.09 team GPA during the first quarter of the current school year. “He also did a tremendous job as a high school intervention specialist. His work in our special education department and team-teaching with our regular education instructors was first class, every day.”
Hamstra went on to say that “Obviously, this is a big loss for Southwest, but we will look to move forward with a new coach at the helm and build on the successes Coach McCullough, his staff and our athletes have established during the last six years. We are extremely proud of the achievements under Coach McCullough’s tenure.”
Harrison Athletic Director Mark Meibers echoed that sentiment saying, “Kent has done an unbelievable job laying the foundation for our football program and building kids both academically and athletically. His dedication to Harrison will be missed. We wish him and his family the best of luck on the next step of his career.”
THE TSF TAKE: Turpin scores big with this hire. McCullough is a perfect fit to continue the winning tradition the Spartans program established under Stoll. There are holes to fill at Turpin as McCullough inherits a team that must replace seven First Team All-ECC members from a Spartans squad that went 11-1 in 2016. The cupboard is not bare. Turpin returns quarterback Lucas Smith, a seasoned secondary and will have one of the best kicking games on special teams in all of Division II, Region 8.
Harrison has had great success on their last two head coaching hires. First with Neal Kasner followed by McCullough. The pair played a large role in what the Wildcats program has become – a consistent winner. With that foundation and a thriving Southwest School District the next Harrison head coach is equipped with all the tools to continue building what was set before him. Whoever Harrison finally settles on for the position expect them to name someone who they feel can elevate the Wildcats to an even higher level.