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June 19, 2013

PREP BOYS BASKETBALL: Cold Springs coach throws hat into ring for principal’s position

By Rob Ketcham
The Cullman Times

— Tim Burleson could soon be exchanging his spot at the end of the bench for a permanent seat in the principal’s office.

With Cold Springs High’s top administrative position open due to the recently announced resignation of Tommy Youngblood, the Eagles’ boys basketball coach has decided to throw his name in the hat as a candidate to fill the vacancy.

The potential promotion would keep Burleson, who’s served as assistant principal for three years, from pulling double duty as principal and coach. He’s been atop Cold Springs’ varsity boys basketball program since the 1992-93 campaign, accumulating three Cullman County Tournament titles, one state tournament berth, two regional finals appearances and 13 area championships over 20 seasons.

“It would definitely be something I’d be prepared for, but it would definitely be a change from what I’m used to,” Burleson said.

The longtime coach said he has discussed the “bittersweet” situation with his daughter — who mentioned she would hate to see her dad out of basketball — as well as West Point High principal Heith Yearwood. The Warrior was recently faced with the exact same dilemma Burleson could have on his hands — continue to juggle assistant principal and varsity boys basketball coaching duties or accept an offer to become the school’s head administrator.

It’s only been two years since Yearwood chose the latter, ending an eight-season coaching stint, so it only makes sense he hashed out the topic with his cross-county counterpart.

“He told me he misses the coaching aspect of it, but he just had to do what he felt was best best for himself,” Burleson said.

As of late Tuesday afternoon, Burleson said he had not discussed the subject with any of his players. The Eagles have been looking to improve on an 18-11 record and their latest area title with a successful summer session, using up one of their play dates at a camp last week in Huntsville.

“There are a lot of variables still out there,” Burleson said, referring to the plausible possibility a different candidate could ultimately be selected for the principal position. “I just didn’t feel like that bridge needed to be crossed till it was something more concrete.”

Cullman County Board of Education Superintendent Billy Coleman confirmed the job is still posted and that interviews will be conducted around the first of July. If all goes as planned, he said he’d like for Youngblood’s replacement to be approved at a regularly scheduled board meeting on July 11.

% Rob Ketcham can be reached at 256-734-2131, ext. 138 or at robk@cullmantimes.com.