Arcentae Broome didn’t have far to travel for his new coaching home.
Broome, who was forced out of his post at McGavock High recently, has been named the new head football coach at nearby Maplewood.
Broome, a former standout at Stratford High, replaces Ralph Thompson who resigned a month ago. Broome lost his job at McGavock April 5 when he was told he would not be retained at the school.
“When the Maplewood job opened up, I still had my position as McGavock coach, and I was happy there,’’ Broome said Tuesday. “But when it re-opened, I felt like it was a real opportunity for me, and I applied for it.
“I had no idea things would happen as they did, and I wasn’t expecting to lose my job at McGavock.”
Broome was 31-32 in his six seasons at McGavock. He guided the Raiders to three playoff berths, including last season when they were 6-5.
“I think I’m a good coach,” he said. “I don’t have a big ego, and I would have been perfectly happy to have gone somewhere around here to be an assistant coach. I could have picked up the phone and gotten a job within 20 minutes.
“I think things happen for a reason. And I believe that’s where God wanted me, and I think I can help Maplewood do some good things.”
Asked if he had spoken with Thompson, Broome said, “I haven’t had the chance to yet, but I do plan on talking with him and getting a feel from him about coaching there as well as talking about retaining his assistants.”
He already has a clear idea about some of the players he inherits.
“Maplewood has two 1,000-yard rushers coming back in Ladarius Vanlier (rising junior) and Stanley Hagan (rising senior), and one can certainly build on that,” he said. “I know that (James) Stone is gone (a Mr. Football lineman winner and UT signee), but we can find some good linemen to block for two players of that quality.
“I’m especially happy to have a chance to work under (Maplewood principal) Dr. Julie Williams. I’ve known her for awhile, and she’s an excellent administrator.”
Under Thompson, Maplewood went to the Class 4A state quarterfinals last season.
Ensworth clinic will feature UT coaches
Ensworth High has announced that new Tennessee head coach Derek Dooley, along with Vols offensive co-ordinator Jim Chaney and special teams co-ordinator Eric Russell will be featured speakers at the first of the school’s first of two spring football coaching clinics May 3.
The second clinic is May 17. Both will be in the Ensworth Theatre on campus, 7401 Highway 100. The May 3 clinic is 5:30- 8 p.m., the second 6-8 p.m. For info, contact associate coach Paul Wade 860-5337 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
State baseball finals sites set
The TSSAA has announced the finals sites for the state baseball tournament, as the MTSU field for the finals weekend would be unavailable due to the Raiders hosting the Sun Belt tourney.
Wilson Central will host the DII-AA final, and LaVergne will host the DII-A final, both May 27 at noon. Murfreesboro Oakland will host 3A, Siegel will host 2A and Blackman will host 1A finals games, all at 4 p.m. May 28.
NCS ace Taylor hurls no-hitter
Nashville Christian School ace Brooks Taylor fired a no-hitter in a 12-0 district romp over McEwen last week. Taylor, a junior, upped his record to 3-1 as the Eagles remained in a tight race with Clarksville Academy atop the District 10-A baseball race.