Jacksonville hires Brandon Barbaree as football coach
By Kyle Sutherland
The Jacksonville North Pulaski School Board voted Monday night approving the hiring of Brandon Barbaree as Jacksonville High School‘s next head football coach.
Barbaree reunites with Jacksonville athletic director Scott Waymire, who he worked with at both Carlisle and Trumann. He takes over from Maurice Moody, who resigned in December to take the job at Watson Chapel after spending the last two seasons with the Titans.
Barbaree brings nearly two decades of coaching experience across multiple disciplines, having served as head coach, athletic director and administrator. During his time as head coach at Carlisle and Gosnell, he led both programs to conference championships and was twice named 3-4A Coach of the Year while at Gosnell. He also served briefly at Fountain Lake and in 2020 coached the offensive and defensive lines of the staff at Benton Junior High and was the university’s head wrestling coach.
Barabaree did not coach that school year, instead serving in an administrative role in the Jacksonville North Pulaski School District.
In a statement released by the Jacksonville North Pulaski School District, Barbaree said, “Our football program will be something that everyone will be proud of; a team that has a positive attitude, dedication to one another, academic success, community involvement and growth.”
The Titans are coming off a rough patch, having not had a winning season since 2012 and coming off a 1-9 season. With the new conference alignment set to take shape for the 2022 season, Jacksonville will move from 5A-Central to 6A-East with Benton, Greene County Tech, Catholic, Marion, Searcy, Sheridan, Sylvan Hills, West Memphis and the 6A Defense National Champion El Dorado.