BREAKING NEWS: Brian Reardon, the defensive coordinator for the Southside High School Southerners, is the new head football coach at the school. He replaces Coach Kenny Simpson who resigned last month to take a job as the head coach of the Searcy Lions.
The decision was made Monday night at the Southside School Board meeting, according to Superintendent Roger Rich. The vote was unanimous: 5-0.
Deerick Smith, the team’s strength and conditioning coach, was named assistant head coach and offensive line coach. Reardon praised Smith, calling him “the best strength and conditioning coach in the entire state of Arkansas.”
Rich told White River Now Monday night that school officials received positive comments about both Reardon and Smith, and the current players look forward to working under Coach Reardon.
Reardon said since he put his name in the running for the head coaching position, he’s been planning out the upcoming season. And Reardon hopes the coronavirus pandemic will not affect this year’s schedule so seniors can play a full season.
The coach said the team has a good group of seniors, and the Southerners will take what they’ve learned in the past, put in a lot of hard work, and take the team to the next level.
Reardon is married to Julie Reardon. The couple has two sons and one daughter. Reardon has been coaching on the Southerner team for 11 years. This will be his first head coaching job.
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