The search for a new Middlesboro football coach in underway.
Middlesboro Independent Schools superintendent Steve Martin reiterated in an e-mail that he met with Randy Frazier on Friday and they came to a mutual agreement that he would no longer be the Jackets’ coach.
Martin declined to go into details of what was discussed or his reasons for meeting with Frazier. He said the search for a new coach has started.
“We have advertised for the position and will begin the search immediately. The position is open and no decisions have been made at this time,” he said.
Middlesboro is coming off a 9-3 season, their best in four years under Frazier. Overall, Frazier compiled a 23-23 record at the school. The team was 4-8 the year before Frazier was hired.
Last year’s team won their first district championship since 2006 and beat Bell County for the first time since 1997.
Martin said there was no time-frame for hiring a new coach and in the meantime Frazier and the current MHS assistants will continue to oversee off-season activities.
“I am grateful to Coach Frazier for his efforts in helping reestablish our football program. Coach Frazier, along with his assistants, will continue to work with players in the off-season,” Martin added.
The job should be an appealing one for any coach that wants to have success right away. With only a few starters from last year’s team graduating and a large class of about 20 juniors expected to return, the Jackets appear poised to challenge for at least a regional championship in 2014. Contending for the Class 2A state championship is not an unrealistic goal.
Middlesboro football has a long history of success. The school ranks 12th all-time in the state of Kentucky for wins with 638. According to KHSAA records MHS teams have compiled a 638-313-29 mark dating back to 1921. The Jackets won a Class A state championship in 1998 and finished as the Class 2A runners up in 1965, ‘74 and ‘75.
“It is my intention to support and continue the great tradition of Middlesboro Football,” Martin said. “Now we will continue to build and move forward and do what is in the best interest of our students.”