January 29, 2007
Albany - Sherwood Christian Academy says they will have a football team in the fall.
But the Eagles will likely have a new head coach.
Sherwood Christian Academy head football coach and athletic director Jimmy Fields says he is exploring other opportunities.
And it is believed one of those opportunities will lead to a new coaching job.
Sherwood Christian announced last week that Luke Bowers will join the school on July 1.
Bowers will serve as Dean of Students and Athletic Director.
Jimmy Fields says it was his decision to give up the athletic director's position because he wants to devote more time to coaching and less time to administrative work.
Sherwood Christian headmaster Glen Schultz says he has made it clear to Jimmy Fields that the school would love for him to remain as head football coach.
But Jimmy Fields believes that he and the SCA football program needs to go in a new direction after back to back one win seasons.
Jimmy Fields first head coaching job was at Deerfield-Windsor where he left after four successful seasons to join his family's roofing business in North Carolina.
Coaching is in Jimmy Fields' blood and he returned to the sideline and Albany one year later when he was hired at Sherwood Christian.
After a winless first season, the Eagles won nine games in the next two.
A new athletic director may not be the only change coming to Sherwood Christian Academy.
Glen Schultz says the school is the middle of a developing a comprehensive master plan for their athletic program.
Schultz says the study will look at teams, playing facilities and other issues for the upper and lower school campuses.
He also said that another area of consideration is should SCA remain in the GISA or move to another association.
Schultz says it is way to early to speculate if SCA would leave the GISA but that the goal is to develop an athletic program that serves the needs of its students.
Schultz said "We have got to look at what is best for our schools and for our athletes and what we want to accomplish through athletics. There is a lot of options out there. We are going to look at them all. We really don't set in our mind that this is our goal to get into this or get out of that. We are just not at that point right now."
Schultz says the athletic master plan should be finished very soon but that it will likely take three to five years to implement.