Former Bryant assistant named Van Buren’s new head football coach

VAN BUREN — Former Bryant Hornets offensive coordinator and offensive backs coach Brooks Coatney, who has been[more] the head coach at Ozark the last two years, has been named the head football coach for the Van Buren Pointers.

Coatney takes over at Van Buren after former head coach Mike Lee was hired as athletic director at Bryant.

According to the Southwest Times Record of Fort Smith: 

"Coatney had been coach at Ozark the past two seasons, compiling a 10-11-1 record. The Hillbillies finished 7-5 in 2010 and reached the second round of the 4A playoffs, losing to eventual state runner-up Pulaski Academy.

"A Greenwood native, Coatney led the Bulldogs to three consecutive conference titles from 1996-98 and to the AAA state championship in 1996 as a sophomore. He threw for 9,963 yards and 101 touchdowns in his three years as a Bulldog.

"Coatney was one of six people who interviewed for the job, according to (Van Buren athletic director Randy) Loyd. Also interviewed were Northside offensive coordinator Charles Baty, Charleston head coach Doug Loughridge and three Van Buren assistants — assistant head coach/offensive line coach Dale Mann, offensive backs coach and former Cedarville head coach Mike Guthrie and offensive coordinator Adam Pendergrass.

The Pointers wrapped up their first week of spring football practice today."

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