Clancy to resign, take job at Bethel

BAUXITE — With the 2014 high school football season quickly approaching, the Bauxite Miners now have to find a new head coach. Shane Clancy, Miners’ coach for last four seasons, announced Tuesday to the team and district that he would be leaving to coach Bethel Middle School in Bryant once the Bryant School Board approves the change next week.

“I am going to miss Bauxite and the people I worked with,” Clancy said. “I am thankful for the opportunity that I had to work here and provide for my family.”

Clancy, a 1998 graduate of Bryant, says that he has always wanted the chance to work under Bryant Hornet Head Coach Paul Calley.

“I have always wanted to work in some capacity with Coach Calley and this is the first opportunity that I have gotten to be under him in the football program,” Clancy added. “I am just really looking forward to getting over to Bethel and getting started.”

Clancy played under former Bryant Head Coach David Jordan for three years.

During his tenure as Bauxite’s lead, Clancy posted an overall record of 5-35 since 2010. The Miners last made the postseason during their nine-win season in 2009.

Clancy is set to sign official paperwork Thursday, July 24. Due to timing, Bryant School Board was unable to get everything lined out in its recent meeting, pushing the official acceptance back to next week.

“I am not officially resigned from Bauxite until I sign a contract,” Clancy said. “According to (Matt Donaghy, Bauxite Superintendent,) he has talked with the people at Bryant and from what they told me, it is just waiting on the board meeting.”

Donaghy said that he expects Clancy to submit his resignation today to the district.

Bauxite Athletic Director Doug Quinn expressed his congratulations for Clancy and wished him the best in the future.

“We appreciated everything that Coach Clancy has done here and we wish him the best,” Quinn said.
According to Kim Arnold, Bauxite School District spokesperson, there has not been anyone named to fill Clancy’s spot as of yet.

“They are still kicking that around,” Arnold said. “They have already started back at practice so we have to figure that out pretty quick,” Arnold added.

Clancy has been employed at Bauxite for the past nine years.