(MENA) The Mena Bearcat athletic program has almost seen a complete overhaul of coaches and leadership since the end of the 2018-2019 seasons and the end of school in May.
The Bearcats sports teams array of new coaches came in June, with the resignation of Athletic Director and Head Football Coach Tim Harper.
Harper stepped aside from those duties to become the new Head Football coach at Coweta, Oklahoma. Various assistant coaches resigned prior to the hiring of new Head Football coach Craig Bentley came aboard.
Bentley comes to Mena, after being Co-Athletic Director and Head Football coach at Mansfield High School, just South of Fort Smith. In his new position, Bentley will be the Assistant Athletic Director..
Bentley had been an assistant football coach previously at Mena, under Harper’s leadership and still maintained residence in Mena.
Almost simultaneously, Shane Torix, assumed the duties of Athletic Administrator and Director of Student Services for the district.
Torix had been the longtime High School Principal. Torix was replaced by David Campbell, who was formerly Prinicipal at Arkadelphia High School.
Then, the Boys Varsity Basketball Coach, Thomas Powell stepped aside to assume an assistant coaching position at Bentonville West High School, after just three seasons and his first head coaching stint. Powell’s last team finished with a 19-9 record.
Then, Scott Wright stepped aside as the Mena Bearcat Baseball Coach. Wright finished this past season with a 6-16 record in 2019. Matt Standifer replaced him recently and already is ready to jump in with both feet and meet and greet with the students, parents and the community this Thursday evening at the high school field house.
The emphasis of maintaining a winning atmosphere at Mena in each of the various sports should be loud and clear to athletes, coaches and to the community.