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After four very productive seasons as Trimble County High School’s head football coach, Johnny Poynter took a new coaching job at a high school closer to home.
Poynter resigned his coaching position in January, but continues to teach at the high school.
Under Poynter’s direction, Trimble snapped a 27-game losing streak, getting in a couple wins in the 2005 season, setting the tone for the next three seasons to come.
Dreams of a state-championship victory were shattered in the third year, when quarterback David Bird was injured.
Last year, Poynter had to rebuild a team that lost 12 seniors from the previous year.
This year, his assistant coach Kirk Chism will take over the role of head coach. The social studies teacher was named to the position on Friday, March 13.
“It’s a childhood dream,” Chism said Monday. “I’m totally excited about all of this. I had a nice talk with the family about it before I went into the interviews, and everyone is behind me, which makes my life a whole lot easier.”
Chism takes control of a program that lost five seniors from this year’s club. But again, he believes Trimble County can come out once again and shock other teams as they have in previous seasons.
Chism, a graduate of Madison Consolidated High School in Madison, Ind., played football there and at Campbellsville University. This is his first stint as head coach.
“I just want to thank all those who voted for me to be the school’s football coach,” he explained. “It’s an honor to have such control over a program that has been going in the right direction for the past four years now.”
His goal, he said, is “to pick up where Coach Poynter left off. Don’t get me wrong, my main objective is to win games and for the program to be successful. But by all means necessary, I also want for our seniors and the rest of the players to enjoy playing football. I don’t want it to be miserable for them. It’s plain and simple – winning will make the season really fun.”
The team is already in training for the next season.
Athletic Director Frank Ragland said Chism was a good choice, because he already has been teaching at the high school and is familiar with a majority of the students in the school.
Ragland said he isn’t concerned about Chism’s lack of experience as a head coach, saying the new coach knows how the game is supposed to be played.