Published 7:40 am Monday, January 23, 2006
Jack Whigham has had aspirations of being a head coach for a while, but hasn't felt the time was right to make the jump.
That time has arrived.
The T.R. Miller Tigers line and assistant head coach will be headed home to his alma mater program as head coach of the Opp Bobcats.
Whigham gave some thought about pursuing the Opp job when it opened up two years ago, but declined. Instead the school chose Johnny Wood, who led the Bobcats to a 7-5 record and a first-round playoff win in 2004. This past season the Bobcats slipped to 1-9, 1-6 in Class 4A Area 2. Wood resigned after the season.
Whigham spent 14 seasons with the Tigers and was on the coaching staff of state championship teams in 1994, 2000 and 2002.
Whigham has mutual respect for Riggs and his staff.
Whigham has also spent the last 13 seasons as T.R. Miller's assistant baseball coach under the direction of Coach Jim Hart.
We've won a lot of games together and baseball,” Whigham said.
Whigham said he has two to three spots to fill on the Opp coaching staff before the Bobcats conduct their spring training work in May.
Whigham admits leaving Brewton is tough.
No replacement has been named for Whigham's football and baseball positions at T.R. Miller.