Preps: Former MBA standout, coach gets new opportunity at Ensworth

Wednesday, July 27, 2011 at 7:47pm

Former Montgomery Bell Academy standout player and Big Red coach Jonas Rodriguez has taken the position as defensive co-ordinator at Ensworth High.

Rodriguez, 30, will rejoin his former MBA coach, Ricky Bowers, the head coach at Ensworth, on the staff of the defending DII state football champs.

Rodriguez had coached for three years with Daniel McGugin, who lost his head coaching position at MBA in April.

“It’s a great opportunity for me, getting  a chance to coach with coach Bowers, whom I played for [at MBA] and whom I greatly respect,’’ Rodriguez said.

Rodriguez played on state champion teams in 1999 and 2000 as well as on the 2000 state champion basketball team under Bowers. He was a four-year letterman at Yale as a running back/defensive back.

“I was in the running for the head coaching job at BGA, and when I didn’t get that, the Ensworth job opened, and things worked out great,’’ he said.

Rodriguez’s good friend McGugin said recently he may pursue a job in either the private sector or even continue in the coaching profession. The two coached at FRA together in 2004-05, then three seasons at MBA where Rodriguez was the defensive co-ordinator.

• D-Hoops camp at Hillsboro: A tournament camp for players with physical disabilities has been organized by Russ Pulley and will be held at Hillsboro High next week, Aug. 1-5, 9 a.m.-noon each day.

Pulley’s son Garland has cerebral palsy and played for Hillsboro the past season but has decided to play on a Special Olympics team this year instead.

Pulley put together the camp for players with disabilities at the Hillsboro gym as his Eagle Scout Leadership Service project.

Paige Harris, his Special Olympics coach, is helping him with the camp agenda which will include drills and skill competition Monday through Wednesday with a tournament Thursday and Friday.

For more info, call Pulley at 308-4972.

• New Metro coaches: Lois Donaldson has been named head girls basketball coach at East Literature School after the resignation of Kim Ellis, who guided the Eagles to their first region tournament last year.

Among other basketball coaching positions recently filled in Metro: Katrina Carter, who guided Hillsboro High to the 2010 state Class AAA girl championship, resigned as Burros coach and was named head coach as Pearl-Cohn. She replaced Katherine Bell. Latasha Dorsey replaced Carter at Hillsboro.