Manila graduate named as Coach of the Year

Thursday, October 31, 2002
Marshall Academy head coach Chris Ferrell

Former Manila High School athlete, Chris Ferrell, was recently named as Mississippi Private School Association's Coach of the Year.

Ferrell received the award this past summer for his efforts at Class AA Marshall Academy in Holly Springs, Miss. Ferrell also won the prestigious award in 1999-2000, his first year at Marshall.

Prior to coaching at Marshall, Ferrell spent three years at Mississippi County Christian Academy in Dell, Ark.

"This is a statement of the quality of players I've had the opportunity to coach," Ferrell said. "In my three years here the kids have fit well into my philosophy and my program really well."

In his three years at Marshall, the Patriots have won three straight district and north state championships, two state championships and one state runners-up title. In addition, the Lady Patriots were district and north state runners-up last year.

"I love it here," Ferrell said. "The Lord has led me to a great place. The people here have been very nice to my family. We feel we have a home here and we want to stay as long as we can."

Ferrell, 30, was an academic honor student while at Manila and played all sports. He later graduated from Arkansas State University in May 94 with a bachelor of science degree in education.

Ferrell has 382 career wins as a basketball coach.

During the upcoming year, Ferrell will coach boys basketball and golf and will serve as an assistant on the football team.

Ferrell is married to his wife, Shannon, and they have two boys, Chad and Chase.Manila graduate named as Coach of the Year

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