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Wilson meets Bearden parents


One week into his new head football coaching job in Bulldog Country, Bill Wilson came face-to-face with a few dozen Bearden High School parents during a gathering in Bearden Stadium lasting about 30 minutes Monday evening, May 8.

With Barbara Jenkins, BHS principal, and Lynn Hill, assistant principal and athletic director, on hand, Wilson introduced his coaching staff before speaking to the parents.

Among his points, Wilson told the parents he wants to infuse pride into the program, but also noted that “I know it comes down to what’s on that,” pointing to the stadium scoreboard.

As for program renovations, Wilson said he’s looking “to redo the dressing room,” which would include new flooring, paint and new furniture for the coaches’ office.

Saying “it won’t happen overnight,” Wilson added that he hopes to have the renovations done “when they come in the fall, have a whole new world.”

Adding a note of humor, the former West High School skipper said he wasn’t Bearden’s last choice. “That was Bear Bryant, but he wasn’t available,” the 57-year-old veteran coach said in jest about the late Alabama Crimson Tide legend.

Retiring from West High School in the late 1990s after 33 years of coaching, Wilson said BHS has reinvigorated him.

“At this point, they’ve made me excited, the way they’ve accepted (me) ...,” Wilson said. “It’s been great.”

 

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