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Coach Shundell Russaw
Special to the News
Central High School Coosa County is pleased to announce that it now has a new head football coach, Shundell Russaw, following action taken during a called meeting of the Coosa County Board of Education last Thursday.
Coach Russaw lives in the Kellyton community with his wife, Felicia Burnett-Russaw, who is completing her nurse practitioner degree at the University of Alabama, Birmingham, and works at Grandview Medical Center.
The Russaws have three sons; JJ, Payton and Duke; who will be joining the Central student body this year. The Russaw family attends Seleeta Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of Reverend Tracy Burton.
Coach Russaw comes to Central High School from Alexander City Middle School where he was the head coach for football, basketball and track.
However, Russaw is not new to Central, as he completed his teacher internship at Central under the direction of one of our best, Ms. Doris Gamble, and worked at Central as the head baseball coach and an assistant football coach after his internship. He recently returned to Central to complete his internship for his masters degree in administration, which he will earn in December.
Russaw hit the ground running after being approved at last Thursday’s board meeting. He met with his coaching staff; offensive coordinator, Richard Bell, and defensive coordinator, Jesse Weeks.
He has energized the Quarterback Club with volunteers John Forbus and Blake Self working on field maintenance and Charles Moore raising funds for the football program.
A player and parent meeting was also held for Russaw to introduce himself and share his vision for the program.
His first priority for the football program is to create a positive culture and be a mentor to the players by setting a standard of accountability and discipline for the athletes, skills that will enable them to succeed in life.
Russaw’s long-term goal is to build a program with increased athletic participation and parent involvement.
Russaw stated, “I plan on being here for the long haul and want to build a strong program for our boys, including my own sons.”
Russaw can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Capital improvements are being made at the Keith Bullard Stadium, as well. Work on resurfacing the track is set to begin next week, with a projected completion date by the first game.
Bids recently went out to build a field house next to the concession stand which will include player lockers, coach and referee rooms, as well as handicap restrooms.
The project also includes a wheelchair accessible platform for viewing the games. The projected completion date for the field house is late fall to early winter.
Join us in welcoming Coach Russaw and supporting the Central football program this season at Keith Bullard Stadium.