McCarty named new Sherando track and field coach

Jamie McCarty

STEPHENS CITY — Sherando Coordinator of Student Activities Jason Barbe didn’t have to look very far when trying to find a new boys and girls track and field coach.

Jamie McCarty was hired as the new track and field coach this week, and he has experience and has been a part of the program for the last two years. McCarty is entering his third year as head boys and girls cross country coach and was an assistant coach on the track team the last two seasons. Before coming to Sherando two years ago, McCarty had been the head cross country and track coach at Pulaski High School.

“Jamie came to us with head cross country and track experience, when he came to us from Pulaski,” Barbe said. “… He’s got two years in the program already — with the cross country program and the indoor and outdoor track program. So as an assistant coach he’s done a quality, quality job since he’s been here. He was natural fit to take over that program.”

McCarty takes the place of Tom Grim, who resigned after last season. Grim was the track coach for 16 years.

Barbe said that the fact that McCarty was already in the program made the decision much easier.

“When you’ve got a good program you like to hire from within, and our track program has been very good and very strong for a long time,” Barbe said. “Jamie’s been an integral part of that and we look forward to him continuing the same type of tradition.”

The Warriors placed sixth in the Group 4A state meet, while the boys were ninth this past season. Both squads return a solid nucleus of athletes, including rising senior Davina Lane, who won the state title in the 100 and 300 meter hurdles.

Barbe said that McCarty has done a fine job as a head and assistant coach the last two years.

“He takes his job very seriously. He takes great pride in what he does,” Barbe said. “He’s knowledgeable in all aspects of track of field – all the different events. He does a good job relating to kids and he represents the school well.”

McCarty is a graduate of James Wood High School.

Barbe said he believes this was the only head coaching position that was open, and he was glad to get it filled before the high school season begins.

“I know a lot of my friends are still looking for folks trying to make sure they get the right fit for their schools,” Barbe said. “It is nice to be strong and solid and have all these completed and ready to go.”

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