By GARY DOVE
Bluefield Daily Telegraph
Mount View first year head baseball coach Phillip Dunford tendered his resignation from that post, as well as his assistant football coaching position, late last week, according to Golden Knight athletic director Ed Evans.
Related Evans, “My principal (John Henry) informed me that he (Dunford) would no longer be the head baseball coach. I approached Troy Hawks (who had been guiding the baseball team while Dunford was under a ten day suspension) to see if he would continue to serve as the interim head coach until the job is posted and a new head coach named.”
Continued Evans, “He (Hawks) stepped up. He met with his players on Friday (April 19) and informed them he would remain as coach until the end of the season.”
Coach Hawks, longtime former assistant to Nick Shaffron at Mount View, remarked, “It’s just for the remainder of the year.”
“I’ll do anything for the boys. They’re my top concern…I’m looking forward to finishing the year out. I think we’re doing some positive things here. We’re playing some decent baseball,” Hawks continued.
Dunford, a Big Creek graduate who served several seasons as an assistant coach for the Owls in football and baseball, as well as leading the BC boys’ basketball team as head coach one year, was an Owl gridder and baseball player before earning his degree and playing at Concord University.
The reason for his suspension is a personnel matter and therefore is not able to be shared.
An attempt to contact Coach Dunford was unsuccessful and he did not return a call to his residence.
After a 0-6 start, the Golden Knights are now 4-5 since Hawks became the interim head coach.
Evans said both the players and parents have responded well to Hawks coming on board as interim head coach.
Hawks concluded, “Hopefully we’ll finish above .500 under me.”
Assistant coach Chris Richardson will remain in that capacity under Coach Hawks.