Corinth is staying at home for the school’s next football coach.
Justin Dye, who has been the Warriors’ defensive coordinator for the past five years, was announced as the new head coach on Wednesday.
âI am delighted to work with the children. It’s a great group every year that I’m here, âsaid Dye.
Dye replaces Todd Lowery, who left after five seasons to be the offensive coordinator at Raleigh. Lowery was 42-21 at Corinth and led the Warriors to the Class 4A State Championship in 2019 – the program’s first title.
Lowery set up a Wing-T attack that racked up lots of yards and points. Whether Dye will keep this offense in place remains to be seen.
He said offensive coordinator Ivan Denton and quarterbacks coach Colin Harris would take the lead.
âMy philosophy on offense, defense or special teams is that it has to adapt to the abilities of the children we have,â said Dye. “To perform anything you need to have you have to have certain types of players.”
Corinth has lined up a few stingy defenses under Dye’s watch. During the 2019 championship season, the Warriors allowed just 13.7 points per game. Corinth linebacker Carter Bonds was named Daily Journal Defensive Player of the Year that season.
Dye, 31, has been on the staff for a total of six years. Corinth is the only place where he has coached.
âTodd gave me my first real chance to be a coordinator. I will always be grateful for that, âhe said.
Dye is originally from Pontotoc and played football there in high school. He taught at Murrah for a year before being hired in Corinth by Doug Jones as a position coach.
âIn the end, we thought Coach Dye had the opportunity to lead our football program going forward,â said Corinth athletic director David Robbins.
Corinth will open its 2021 season on August 27 against Saltillo.