Pulaski Co. Cougars girls basketball program has named Scott Ratcliff as their new head coach. Scott has been an AAU coach for the highly successful Pulaski Co. Wolves for 16 years. He has worked with many of the girls currently on the middle school and high school teams. He is a lifelong resident of Pulaski Co.
The VHSL will meet in July and again in August. A decision on fall sports hasn’t been made yet. One plan has winter sports starting in mid-December and runs thru late February. Fall sports would then start in mid- February and go to early May. Spring sports would be mid-April to late June. VHSL is still gathering data and a decision will be made in the next four to eight weeks.
VHSL is looking to cut the six classifications in high school sports to just four classes. Class 1 would be schools with 375 students or less. 376-751 would be Class 2. Class 3 would be schools with an enrollment of 752-1199. 1200 students and more would be Class 4. There will be a meeting in September and a final vote would take place in February of 2021. If The new classifications are passed the rules would go into effect in 2023. On a personal note: The six classes now just need some tweaking, not two classes eliminated.
Seth Padgett has been named the new football coach at Patrick Henry- Glade Spring High School. Padgett replaces Mark Palmer who left to be the new coach at Anderson Co., in Kentucky. Padgett was head coach in 2017 at Santa Rosa Academy in California. He has been an assistant at Fort Chiswell, Chilhowie, and PH- Glade Spring High Schools. He attended and played football at now-defunct St. Paul.
VHSL has announced that beginning Monday, June 15, 2020, that out of season practices can resume. All schools must submit health plans to (VDOE), Virginia Department of Education.
Galax High School has named Shane Allen as their new head football coach. Coach Allen has been an assistant coach on the Maroon Tide staff under Mark Dixon. Dixon left for the Pulaski Co. High School. Coach Allen was the head coach at Tazewell before coming to Galax and was also an assistant at Carroll Co. under then-head coach Tom Hale.
Pulaski Co High School will name Mark Dixon as their new football coach. Dixon has been at Galax High school for the last 10 years. His record was 101-35. He won a state championship at Galax in 2015. His team played for a state title in 2018 and 2019. Last season Riverheads defeated Galax 31-24 as the Maroon Tide finished with a 13-2 record. Dixon is a University of Virginia graduate and also played football for the NFL Miami Dolphins.
Sportswriter Dan Callahan has passed away. Dan once wrote for The Southwest Times and was writing for The Patriot paper. He covered Pulaski Co. sports for years. He was known as the “Voice” of Pulaski Co. Football on the radio. Cougar football Rest in Peace, Sir…
Pulaski Co. Cougars girls basketball coach Bradley Sutphin has stepped down. Sutphin has taken a teaching position at Narrows High School. He becomes the second head coach to step down in the last week from Pulaski Co. High School. Football coach Stephen James stepped down last week.
Former Carroll Co. head football coach and Pulaski Co., Jack Turner has accepted the Chatham High School head football coaching position.