Tompkins, the Winona native, was named head coach last Thursday and will take over the program that was led by Ken Chandler, who is leaving at year's end.
"We're very happy to have him [Tompkins]," Surrell said. "He's from Winona, and we're very excited."
Tompkins, 37, coached the J.Z. George Jaguars for the past two seasons. He led the Jaguars to a 5-7 record a season ago, and a spot in the 2A playoffs, where they met Calhoun City.
Tompkins began his coaching career in 2000 as the defensive coordinator at Weir High School. He was also an assistant coach at Eupora High, before heading to J.Z. George. Tompkins has coached in three state championship games, and in 2002, he was named Weir High School Teacher of the Year.
Coming to 3A Winona is something Tompkins said he was thrilled about, but he said he will also miss what he started at J.Z. George.
"Absolutely, it's bittersweet," Tompkins said. "Winona is my home, and my children go to school there. The Lord wanted me to make this move. Still, I have this relationship with the players at J.Z.George, and I told them I loved them to death. I enjoyed my time here."
Tompkins said he wants to keep Winona's winning tradition, just as Chandler did before him.
A reception will be held for Tompkins on Monday, March 31 at 6 p.m. at the Winona High School Auditorium. According to Surrell, it will be an introduction reception where refreshments will be served following.
"We're really excited, and we want the community to come out and meet our new football coach," Surrell said.