Vic Shivers is coming back across the Mississippi line to take over the Arlington football program.
Shivers who served as the linebackers coach at Hernando (MS) this season replaces Adam Sykes who resigned after six seasons at Arlington.
“Coach Shivers was one of our four finalists and had the most experience of all finalists. He has turned several programs around. Highly recommended to us as a coach who relates well with players, runs schemes according to talent of players. He holds players accountable and will build a positive culture if hired. We are looking forward to working with Coach Shivers as he begins working with our program,” Arlington Principal Chris Duncan said.
Sykes led the Tigers to a 34-30 overall record in his six seasons as head coach as Arlington finished the 2020 season with a 5-5 record after losing to region rival Collierville in the second round.
Despite making the playoffs five times in his tenure (2015, 2016, 2017, 2019 and 2020), The Tigers were 0-5 in those playoff games.
Before going to Hernando, Shivers led the Fayette Academy program for eight seasons (2012-19) and the Vikings compiled a 44-46 record and six total playoff appearances (2012, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019).
In his first season in 2012, Shivers led the Vikings to a 9-3 record and a Division II-A Quarterfinal appearance.
Fayette Academy finished with a 10-2 record and made the Division II-A Semifinals in 2018 and this season finished 6-6 and made the Quarterfinal round.
Shivers started his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Central Arkansas in 1998, then he coached at his Alma mater Brandon (MS) high school (1999-2004).
He also coached at Germantown (2005-07), First Assembly Christian School (2010) and was the offensive coordinator at DeSoto Central (MS) (2011) before coming to Fayette Academy.
Currently eight schools in Cherokee, Cumberland Gap, Franklin, Lakeway Christian, MTCS, Northwest, Sycamore and Tyner are looking for a head coach.
Groves and Jones Commit to Wolverines
Michigan has come into the Volunteer state and gotten two Class of 2022 class commitments as East Robertson defensive back Taylor Groves and Germantown athlete Kody Jones both are heading to Ann Arbor.
The commitments are the first in the Class of 2022, just days after the 2021 National Signing Day wrapped up.
Groves (6-2, 185) played just five games due to injury but still scored 10 touchdowns and nearly 700 all-purpose yards while also adding 55 tackles and two interceptions for the Indians this season.
“I’m thrilled for him and his family!! He has earned this opportunity!! He is a great kid with a very bright future and he has been a great example for all the young kids in this community. He is committing to a very prestigious university with a lot of history and a great coaching staff. I’m also thrilled to see him commit to the defensive side of the football. I think he can do great things in the secondary,” East Robertson coach Atlee Pond said.
Groves chose Michigan over offers from LSU, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Tennessee, Virginia Tech, Arkansas, Baylor, Cincinnati, Colorado, Georgia Tech, Jackson State, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan State, Minnesota, Missouri, Notre Dame, Penn State, South Carolina, Tennessee State, Texas A&M, Utah, Vanderbilt and West Virginia.
*Jones (6-0, 180) will play multiple positions at Germantown next year and picked the Wolverines over offers from Arkansas, Arkansas State, Auburn, Austin Peay, Cincinnati, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Indiana, Jackson State, Kansas, Louisville, Maryland, Memphis, Mississippi State, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, Oregon, Penn State, South Alabama, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas A&M, UT-Martin, Vanderbilt, Virginia Tech, West Virginia and Western Kentucky.
“It’s amazing when great things happen for great people and congratulations to the Jones family,” Germantown coach Gene Robinson said. “They deserve it and its the embodiment of doing things the right way.”
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