Prattville – Two area football coaching positions were filled during Thursday night’s Autauga County Board of Education meeting.
Antonio Richards and James Strickland were chosen to coach and head up their respective athletic programs at Autaugaville and Marbury high schools.
Richards, offensive coach at Prattville High School for the last four years, will be transferring to Autaugaville to lead that program’s athletic department.
“I’d like to thank the search committee and the great county of Autauga for giving me this opportunity to lead and guide this wonderful program,” Richards said to the board.
The new Autaugaville High School coach believes that his greatest challenge will be changing the attitudes of his players.
“I feel like the talent is there but we need to change the mindset,” he said after the meeting. “We need to focus on the little things and help bring the pride back to Autaugaville and that will bring back the success of the program.”
Richards and his wife Melanie have a one-year-old daughter.
Strickland is the new director of sports at Marbury High School, leaving his academic position at Wetumpka High School to accept the job.
“I’d like to thank the Autauga Board of Education for this opportunity and I’m ready to hit the ground running and get to work,” said Strickland at the podium during the meeting.
Strickland has previously coached at Marbury High School and at Prattville High School from 1999 until 2004. He has been in the Elmore County School System for the past three years, and looks forward to the daily demands this new position will bring.
“Every day is a challenge,” said Strickland as the meeting adjourned. “I’d like to communicate with the people I work with that life is about a lot of challenges and it’s how you react to them that makes a difference.”
Strickland’s wife Melissa teaches at Prattville Junior High School and the couple have two daughters.
Article by Melissa Parker
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