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Coaching shifts this season

Striplin Calls a Timeout Due to Health: |
As an athletic director who hired Joey Striplin ten years ago and then watched him outcoach and outwork many of Munroe’s opponents, then watched his health suffer before receiving his first kidney transplant, I can vouch for his tenacity, perseverance and, perhaps most of all, his love of football.

Talk to Coach Striplin and he will quickly tell you the great work his assistant coaches at Gadsden County High School, Shannon Faison, Stan Nealy and Chavez Donnings, have put in since his heath again began to fail this past winter. As a recent article in the Tallahassee Democrat announced, Striplin is awaiting a second transplant, possibly soon and possibly through a distant cousin.

But for now dialysis three days a week is keeping him going and hopefully on the sideline when the Jaguars host Jefferson County in a Kickoff Classic on Friday, August 17. Also of note is that Jefferson County is coached by former Shanks and Florida State standout Leroy Smith.

Day Before Sunday Funday:
This Saturday the Bobcats will having a long, hot day of all things football. New head coach, Joseph Gaddy, will start the morning with a red/white scrimmage followed by an Alumni flag football game, a parent meeting and then a pot-luck dinner. Coach Gaddy would like any alumni interested in playing to contact Munroe athletic director, Andrew Eads, at

The Bobcats will host Sneads the following Friday in a Kickoff Classic at Corry Field.

Stephens Out, Dowdell Temp:
Longtime Gadsden County High School teacher, soccer coach, and most recently athletic director, Doug Stephens, will no longer be working at the school. Stephens will work as the project manager for the True North Project.

This program, which will work in conjunction with all Gadsden County schools, helps promote heathy choices, sexual delay, and emphasizes graduation. Keith Dowdell is handling the role of athletic director until a permanent person can fill the position.

Quote of the Week:
“Coach Strip is going to tell you how it is. You are going to get it right or you are going to get left.” Gadsden County High School two-way starter Quayae Lewis.

By Susie Morris