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After school conditioning at PCHS

For student/athletes who have been participating in after school conditioning, that conditioning will resume on Monday, April 14 under new leadership.  Former Cougar Head Coach Joel Hicks and assistant coach Buddy Ratcliffe will take charge of that program effective immediately.

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All current and potential Cougar football players interested in trying out for the 2014 Cougar football team, including those who will be freshmen next season, are highly encouraged to attend.

An announcement concerning the selection of the new Cougar head football coach is expected at some point in the coming week.

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16 Responses to After school conditioning at PCHS

  1. PCHS Parent

    April 11, 2014 at 9:40 pm

    Not that I am complaining that Coach Hicks will be taking over, but what happened with Coach Allen? Don’t you think these boys have been through enough changes in the past several weeks? Why change now right before the announcement about the new head coach?

    • the truth

      April 12, 2014 at 4:22 pm

      Because Mr. Hicks has forgotten more about strength and conditioning training than Mr. Allen will ever know that is why you make the change. I for one am shocked that Mr. Hicks decided to take that on given him enjoying the retirement life. I think it was a great move and kudos to whom ever pulled that off.

  2. pete

    April 12, 2014 at 7:07 am

    It’ll be interesting who Mr Mark Hanks decides to hire. It’s nice to see Coach Hicks step in to try and stop the program from spiraling out of control. The student athletes deserve a true leader.

    • the truth

      April 12, 2014 at 4:28 pm

      It is not Mr. Hanks decision to make in regards to who gets hired as the new football coach. He may have “some” input but this hire will be made with others with more authority than he has that I think we all can safely assume. I would not be surprised if the new coach is not named this coming week.

  3. prediction and talk of the town

    April 12, 2014 at 9:52 pm

    Word has already spread throughout the surrounding counties that Tom Hale will be returning to Pulaski County to lead the Cougars on the gridiron. Carroll County was going to make Hale return to the biology classroom to make way for the new football coach and that didn’t sit too well with Coach Hale. His retirement will be short lived when Pulaski County announces him as the new coach soon.

  4. alumni

    April 13, 2014 at 10:23 pm

    Anybody but Jack “quitter” Turner. Remember he quit the program when the sanctions were put on the program.

    • bystander

      April 16, 2014 at 2:10 pm

      Hey ALUMNI- PCHS should be “so proud” to call you that. Jack Turner resigned primarily in hopes that there would be no sanctions against the team if he did step down. That ALUMNI – is loyalty. Not being a quitter. He was made the fall guy anyway when administration didn’t speak up to explain the situation. Although everyone and their brother knew exactly what was going on in every strength and conditioning class in Virginia. The same thing….and everyone knew it. Unfortunately, the VHSL ridiculously placed sanctions on them anyway…and then changed the rule a few months later. Jack is as loyal as they come. “Taking the fall” for actually conducting strength and conditioning classes as they had been for 30 years, starting with Coach Hicks. You have NO CLUE what you are talking about. I hope he doesn’t come back just so he doesn’t have to put up with the nasty likes of people like you. He is a proud PCHS alumni. Obviously, you are not. You are a hater with a hang up about Jack. Sort of sad.

    • Tim

      April 18, 2014 at 8:53 pm

      I bet you would not say that to his face. I too am glad Coach Turner is not interested in job he has a good thing going at Auburn.

  5. PC FOOTBALL FAN

    April 14, 2014 at 11:22 am

    Truth – It’s my understanding that Mr. Allen had to give up some of the responsibilities due to personal matters & time constraints at this time. You obviously don’t know Mr. Allen very well and his history of weight training. Yes, Joel Hicks is a legend with tons of wisdom, but I’m sure Mr. Allen could crush you like a nat with his little pinky if he so desired. There are very few people in this county with the weight training experience of Mr. Allen. Just be positive as a new coach is likely to be named this week. You can make comments without bashing people when you honestly are completely in the dark regarding the situation. Let’s get behind the new coach and stop living in the past.

    • Coach Berry is the man

      April 15, 2014 at 1:33 pm

      Coach Berry has more experience at weight lifting than anyone with his past experience as a power lifter and body builder. Coach Berry should be the next Cougar head coach.

  6. bystander

    April 16, 2014 at 10:29 am

    Hey ALUMNI- PCHS should be “so proud” to call you that. Jack Turner resigned primarily in hopes that there would be no sanctions against the team if he did step down. That ALUMNI – is loyalty. Not being a quitter. He was made the fall guy anyway when administration didn’t speak up to explain the situation. Although everyone and their brother knew exactly what was going on in every strength and conditioning class in Virginia. The same thing….and everyone knew it. Unfortunately, the VHSL ridiculously placed sanctions on them anyway…and then changed the rule a few months later. Jack is as loyal as they come. “Taking the fall” for actually conducting strength and conditioning classes as they had been for 30 years, starting with Coach Hicks. You have NO CLUE what you are talking about. I hope he doesn’t come back just so he doesn’t have to put up with the nasty likes of people like you. He is a proud PCHS alumni. Obviously, you are not. You are a hater with a hang up about Jack. Sort of sad.

  7. concerned

    April 16, 2014 at 12:11 pm

    There are definitely a lot of people that were responsible and Jack Turner “fell on the sword” when others should have spoken up. Practice out of season was a known occurrence for a very long time and for the administration to act like they were shocked and knew nothing was & is ridiculous. Let’s be clear that the weightlifting class itself was not a violation but some of the practicing during that class and out of season were the violations. This was occurring at other school’s as well and the Cougars were the school that got punished for a common practice among most of the successful programs around the state.

  8. PC FOOTBALL FAN

    April 16, 2014 at 10:33 pm

    Good points “bystander” & “concerned”. It’s okay to support someone without bashing others. No need for that negativity. Indeed, the administration of past & present has had a difficult time of standing up for coaches; but it’s typical of people in life who don’t have the strength or courage to stand up against the majority even when or if the majority isn’t right.

  9. hopeful

    April 18, 2014 at 7:31 am

    It will be nice to have a new head coach named and have the Pulaski County community rally around the program once again. Go Cougars!

  10. Beth

    April 18, 2014 at 3:57 pm

    @hopeful I couldn’t agree with you more!!!! I thought the new coach was suppsoed to be named this week???

    Hope they make the right decision for what’s best for the boys and the football program. Cougar Pride!!!

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