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Coaching change at Adairsville comes before spring football
by Ericka Birdsong
May 22, 2013 10:15 AM | 4685 views | 0 0 comments | 52 52 recommendations | email to a friend | print
From left, Adairsville varsity football players Brett Gutkowski, Dakota Hines and Tristin Smith with new head coach Eric Bishop.
From left, Adairsville varsity football players Brett Gutkowski, Dakota Hines and Tristin Smith with new head coach Eric Bishop.
After being an assistant football coach for 20 years, Adairsville head baseball coach Eric Bishop is the new head football coach as well after being promoted recently from assistant coach.

“I thought over it and discussed it with my wife and I just felt like it was time for me to take the jump. After I put in my application, I started preparing for the interview and I haven’t slowed down since,” Bishop said.

The previous head coach, Jim Kremer, resigned earlier this school year and will be moving to Thomasville where he will be nearly six hours closer to his six siblings and mother who reside in his hometown of Orlando, Fla., Kremer said.

Bishop began as an assistant at South Central Middle School in Emerson, where he spent five years. During his last year at South Central, Bishop also was an assistant at Woodland High School, where he spent the next eight years. Just finishing his eighth year as an assistant at Adairsville, Bishop has now moved up.

Getting the job of head football coach during baseball season proved to be time-consuming as he juggled going to the state playoffs with the baseball team and preparing for spring practices with the football squad.

Spring practices ran May 7 through 18, with an intrasquad spring game on the last day.

According to Bishop, the spring practices were successful as he noticed the things Kremer instilled in the players and in him which made things run smoothly.

“Coach Kremer instilled a work ethic and practice expectations that have gone a long way in contributing to the team’s success. … He gave me a lot of duties and responsibilities which helped make me more prepared for this position,” Bishop said.

During the practices Bishop said they worked on the fundamentals of the game, but he also said they tried something a little different this year as well, as he didn’t want all his experienced players going against each other and leaving the less experienced guys to work alone.

“I split the guys right down the middle into equal teams by getting a good amount of experience on both sides. I’m hoping this will get more players more reps and build depth,” said Bishop.

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