Kilcrease is no stranger to Ariton either. He has been the head football coach of the Purple Cats for the past five years, guiding this program at 40-20 with two national teams in the quarterfinals. He was also an assistant coach under Dunn for two seasons (2017-18 and 2018-19) in women’s basketball.
A native of Brundidge, Kilcrease also served as the head basketball coach at Lee-Scott Academy for five years (2001-2006) before a five-year tenure at Pike Liberal Arts (2007-12). He also coached a women’s basketball team at Lee-Scott in 2012-13 before returning home to start his chicken coop business a few miles outside of Ariton.
At Pike Liberal Arts, he coached the women’s basketball team for three seasons, guiding the 2009-10 team to the AISA State title. He also led a Pike Lib team and Lee-Scott’s one-girl team to the state semifinals.
âI’m thrilled with the opportunity (to be the coach of Ariton’s girls),â Kilcrease said. âI have coached basketball a lot in the past. It’s been 2010-2011 since I became head coach, but I actually helped coach Dunn a few years before taking off in recent years. I enjoy basketball and train it. I am excited about this opportunity. “
He supports an Ariton girls’ program that has gone 55-29 over the four seasons under Dunn, but faces a year of rebuilding next winter.
âIt will be a challenge,â Kilcrease said. âThey’ve lost 90 to 95 percent of their score, lost four seniors who will graduate. In other places, I found myself in situations where a lot of people came back, but here not. We will be young. We need to figure out what we do best. “