Austin will also coach the junior high baseball team and be a football assistant for the upcoming season.
“We’re very excited to have Mark [Austin] with us,” Surrell said. “He’s is a native of Winona, and he is a very good fit for us.”
Austin, who played soccer at Holmes Community College, coached baseball and softball at J.Z. George over the past eight seasons. He was also an assistant football coach.
Surrell said Austin is good with the kids, and many of them know him from competing against J.Z. George over the years. Surrell said soccer has become a popular sport among athletes, and feels Winona has become very competitive at it over the years.
“Mark knows the game and some of the schools we play; those kids play soccer year around,” Surrell said. “Our soccer program has been successful, and Mark just adds to that.”
Rawls to head Jaguar
According to Heath Dudley, athletic director for Carroll County Schools, Charles Rawls, Austin’s assistant, will take over as head coach for the J.Z. George baseball team.
Rawls, who served as a three year assistant under Austin, will lead the team in their 2A slate this season.
“We’re very excited to have Coach Rawls as our new baseball coach,” Dudley said. “He’s a natural fit for us and he’s been a part of this program for some time now. I think he’ll do a great job for us.”
It was in his first season, as an assistant that the Jaguars made the 2A playoffs, the first time in decades. J.Z. George finished that season with 12 wins and a first round matchup against 2A Hatley.