SIDELINE OBSERVATIONS: Turnover is a part of life

Published: Tuesday, June 11, 2013 at 04:14 PM.

When Greg Watson was named Crestview High School’s boys basketball coach last week, he became the team's third coach in less than a year.

Watson replaces Ken Meisner, who coached the team last season. Meisner replaced Keith White, who had coached the Bulldogs three or four years before resigning last July to take Walton High School’s football defensive coordinator job.

There has been a lot of turnover in Crestview High School’s coaching ranks in recent years.

If memory serves me correctly, track and field coach Ernie Martin and baseball coach Tim Gillis are the only two Crestview head coaches who have been on the job more than five years. Tennis coach Ben Kimbrough might be a third coach that has been on the job that long.

Honestly, I've lost track of the number of softball, volleyball, girls basketball and boys basketball coaches who have called the shots for the Bulldogs in the 13 years I've been in the area.

Even Crestview’s wrestling team has been through four or five coaches in as many years.

Some coaching changes are a matter of economics: when a coach takes a higher-paying job somewhere else or county budgets force the elimination of certain positions. Those are the cold, hard facts of the world we live in today.

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