(MENA) Tim Harper has resigned his position as Mena Bearcats Head Football Coach, after six seasons in the job. Harper has accepted the Head Coaching duties at a Tulsa, Oklahoma area school, Coweta. Harper accepted the job on Thursday. Harper is going from being a Bearcat to a Tiger, with the new job.
Harper was selected from a field of 29 applicants. Before accepting the Coweta job, Harper amassed a 37-32 record, with the 2015 and 2017 seasons having a 3 and 7 record each. But, quickly turned it around in his final season in Mena, with an 8-4 record in 2018. His best season for the Bearcats was in 2014, with a 12 and 3 record.
The Bearcats last game with Harper at the helm, resulted in a lopsided 59 to 7 drubbing at the hands of Shiloh Christian, in the second round of the state playoffs.
This will be Harper’s fifth program in 19 years. Previously, Harper coached at Lewisville, Des Arc, and Searcy, In addition to being the coach at Mena, Harper also served as Athletic Director for the past four years. His teams have made the State playoffs 13 of the past 15 years, two of those programs competed for the State championship.
While at Des Arc, he led the team to a Class AA State Runner Up slot in 2009, losing to Magazine 45-21. When Harper was at Searcy, he came into the Class 6A program after his predecessor could only muster 3 wins in three years and turned the program around with a 24-22 overall record in the six years there. Harper has coached 3,000-yard passers and 40 touchdown quarterbacks, so he is no stranger to the passing game.
Coach Harper and his wife Amanda, along with sophomore to-be daughter Alex, 16, plan to be relocated by early July. The couple have an older daughter, Taylor, 21, who is a Senior at Ouachita Baptist College in Arkadelphia, where she is an elementary education major and a trainer for the athletic programs.
According to Mena Public School Superintendant Benny Weston, a search began immediately to find a replacement for Harper.
Its hopeful that a replacement will be named sooner than later and bring a high quality caliber of a coach to lead the Bearcats program into the future.