Eric Bishop Tigers’ new football coach
by David Royal
Mar 20, 2013 | 2837 views | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Adairsville has turned to one of its own to fill the vacancy created with the resignation of head football coach Jim Kremer in February.

Eric Bishop, who has 20 years experience as an assistant coach at Adairsville and Woodland but is better known for his success on the baseball diamond, is working behind the scenes to get the football program on track.

Bruce Mulkey, Adairsville principal, said Bishop was chosen from “close to 70 applicants” based on a belief he can continue the winning momentum the program built up under Kremer. The Tigers made the state football playoffs the past two years.

Bishop said he met with coaches and the football and baseball teams Tuesday morning. “I wanted to let everybody know what’s going on, what our intentions are and what direction we’re headed.”

The coach said he will finish out his duties as baseball coach this spring.

Bishop, who began his teaching career at South Central Middle, said he aggressively sought the football coaching position when it became available and has been working toward such a position a long time

“I’ve been coaching football and baseball 20 years,” he said.

Bishop coached offense and running backs for Kremer. “I have coached other positions but that is where I’ve spent the majority of my career.”

He was the baseball coach the past eight years at Adairsville, six times taking his team to the state playoffs.

“One of the reasons I’ve stayed with two sports is because it has been a goal of mine to one day be a head football coach. As it happened, early in my career, from my days of being a college baseball player, baseball kind of got me everywhere I had been. But I always had that goal and was putting work, planning and preparation into one day pursuing a head football position.”

Bishop said with his new duties he will concentrate on opening lines of communications with players, parents, community and the school’s support staff.

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