Daleville High School has been working to fill a number of coaching vacancies this summer and managed to fill the final holes on July 29.
At the July 29 Daleville City Schools Board of Education Meeting, Todd Reynolds and John Donaldson were approved for hire. Previously, Craig Sanders was also hired on July 15 to fill a coaching vacancy.
DHS head softball coach Scott Parker unexpectedly stepped down earlier this month to accept a head coaching position elsewhere. Parker was also an assistant coach on the football team, leaving two positions open. Replacing Parker will be Donaldson, who will coach the offensive line for football and serve as head softball coach.
Donaldson has been away from the coaching profession for a couple of years but brings a plethora of experience to both the football and softball team.
“He’s been out of coaching for the last couple of years but he’s hungry to get back into it,” DHS head coach Desmond Lett said. “He has a lot of experience with the offensive line especially and I feel like he can really help us out.”
Donaldson served as head baseball coach, assistant softball coach and assistant football coach at Opp for five years. His baseball teams won three area championships during that time.
Before that, Donaldson served as an assistant football coach, assistant softball coach and head baseball coach at Zion Chapel. His teams won one area championship in baseball at Zion Chapel and Donaldson also served as head coach of the football team in 2002.
Earlier this summer, head basketball coach Blake Garner also stepped down from his coaching duties and replacing him will be Todd Reynolds.
Reynolds will serve as the head boys’ basketball coach and girls’ volleyball coach.
Garner was also an assistant football coach, so Sanders will take over his spot as an assistant coach on the football team and serve as defensive coordinator.
Sanders was a superstar running back and defensive end at Ariton High School before accepting a scholarship to Auburn. In his senior year at Ariton, Sanders piled up 1,212 yard and 10 touchdowns rushing on offense with 101 tackles and six sacks on defense.
Sanders was a standout on special teams at Auburn but also was a contributor on defense. As a senior, he recorded 22 tackles, three tackles-for-loss and one sack. For his career, Sanders totaled 52 tackles, 10 tackles-for-loss, 2.5 sacks and a forced fumble.
“He brings an energy and experience at the collegiate level to the team,” Lett said of Sanders. “Our kids are excited about him. He’s a real high-energy guy and they can relate to him.”
Taking over for Garner on the basketball side of things is Todd Reynolds, who will also serve as the new Daleville volleyball coach taking over for former coach Yolanda Terry. Reynolds brings more than 20 years of coaching experience.
“Daleville has a pretty prestigious history of success and good pedigree with basketball, and as a basketball coach you look for those sort of situations,” Reynolds said of coming to DHS. “Coaching is all about finding the right fit and sometimes it works out where that fit works and sometimes it doesn’t work. With the caliber of athletes that we have at Daleville and the style we’re going to run, I think it’s going to be a good fit.”
For the past five seasons, Reynolds coached the volleyball and girls’ basketball team at Pike County and before that has had a lot of success with girls basketball, boys basketball and volleyball.
Reynolds led Central-Hayneville boys’ basketball team to the Class 2A State Championship game in 2005 and led Straughn to an area championship in 2007. He’s also coached at Paxton High (Fla.), Highland Home, Escambia County, Stanhope Elmore, Wicksburg and Dauphin Junior High.
The Warhawks basketball team enjoyed a great deal of success, including five area championships, under Garner and Reynolds said he wants to continue to build on that success.
“Coach Garner did a tremendous job and am humbled to have this position and I want to extend the success he had, and God willing progress to have some deep playoff runs and even a state championship,” Reynolds said. “The sky is the limit and you have to think big and play big if you want to make it in this world.”
While the Warhawks basketball team has had a great deal of success in the past few years, the Lady Hawks volleyball program hasn’t had as much success recently.
“My goal is to create a fundamentally sound team and make the playoffs,” Reynolds said of the volleyball program. “We have athletes here and we just have to build the foundation and start promoting that to excellence.”