County mourns loss of coaches

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Two Poinsett County schools are mourning the loss of coaches who not only made an impact for their school district, but also made impacts on the lives of the children they taught.

Major Gerald Wright coached at the Trumann School District in the early 80's. I (Cossey) had the privilege of having Coach Wright as my first ever football coach in the seventh grade. "Being military, he was pretty tough. Coach grilled you when needed but always had praise and cheer for everyone." Wright also coached track while at Trumann. The ROTC program at Trumann was also a joy for Major Wright. The countless hours spent teaching students about the military played a direct role in some choosing that path in life after graduation. Wright spent several years at the Newport School District before retiring. I attended a few football games at Newport during his time there and made it a point to stop by and say hello. Coach always had that warm smile on his face and greeted me with "COSSEY!", I'll never forget that. Thanks coach for all you gave to us and for the countless numbers of lives you affected.

Coach Jennifer Jordan was the volleyball coach at the Harrisburg School Distinct and helped with the softball team. I hadn't had much interaction with Jordan, but seeing the impact she had on her kids was awesome. Social media sites were filled with photos, videos and kind words from not only the kids, but the Harrisburg community as well. I talked with a student Monday night and asked how the school day was and their response was, "Quiet and awkward. Nobody wanted to look each other in the eye"

Coach Jordan, thank you for being available to me for a quick quote or when I needed stats from a game. Also, having to gotten to know your kids at school over the last few years, thank you for the time you invested in their lives and for the friendship you gave to so many.

My thoughts and prayers go out to each of the coaches families during this time as well as to the past and present students. Coach Wright and Coach Jordan, YOU WILL BE MISSED!!

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