The 2012 high school baseball season was a special one for Carlisle coach B.J. Greene.
His Bison baseball team finished 29-7, won the conference, district tournament and regional championships and finished as the Class 2A state runner-up.
That, along with his past record, helped him land a job at a larger school — Class 4A Heber Springs.
Greene was hired before the end of the 2012 season, in which his Carlisle team lost to Woodlawn in the Class 2A state title game at Baum Stadium in Fayetteville.
"It’s a bigger school and a step up in classification," Greene said recently. "I’ve got a lot more athletes at Heber. I’m going to have 35-40 kids and two paid assistants."
Greene has already moved into a house in Heber Springs. He and his fianceé Amanda Crotty will be getting married in December. Amanda has a 6-year-old daughter, Maggie.
Greene said leaving Carlisle was difficult.
"I’ve made great lifetime friends that I now consider family," he said. "It was one of the toughest decisions I’ve ever had to make. I’ll never forget the town of Carlisle."
Heber Springs head football coach and athletic director Steve Janski said he didn’t get any bad references on Greene.
"Coach [Scott] Waymire, as much as he hated him to go, had nothing but great things to say about him, his work ethic, his love for baseball," Janski said. "Heber Springs is just thrilled to death to have him. He’s already started an extended season baseball program."
Greene is the most successful coach in Carlisle history, having taken the team to the state tournament three times. He won two conference titles, one regional title and one district tournament title.
William Rountree, Greene’s assistant the past two seasons, will be the head coach in 2013. He previously coached the Bison baseball team in 2004 and 2005 during his first tenure at Carlisle.