After 14 years as a teacher and coach, including four years as head Junior Jackrabbits coach, Tim Scarborough is leaving Lonoke to become head coach at Little Rock Hall.
Scarborough originally applied for the head coaching job at Little Rock McClellan, his alma mater. However, he did not get that job.
"I was a finalist for that job," he said. "They went in a different direction."
Scarborough said he was contacted by the athletic department about the Hall job.
"They had offered the job to a coach and he ended up declining," he said. "They said they were going to open it back up and they wanted me to come in and interview. The next day, they offered me the job."
Scarborough said he’s excited about the opportunity to become a head coach.
"It’s a good opportunity to get that head coaching job," he said. "It’s a 6A school. I never dreamed that I would jump from 4A to 6A but it’s just one of those opportunities knocking. I’m just going to try to do my best to take advantage of it and do the best that I can."
Hall, which is a powerhouse in basketball, has struggled in recent years in football, having won only 11 games the past seven seasons. The Warriors were 0-10 a year ago.
"With Hall, they just have never had any consistency," Scarborough said, as he is the ninth head coach in since 1996. "I was at Lonoke for 14 years and that was one of my selling points is that I stick around. It’s not just a stepping stone for me. I actually want this program to be successful. Hopefully, I will sell the same thing to these players. They’ve heard it before numerous times and no one has stuck around."
Scarborough said he has to focus on the ninth-grade players.
"Hopefully, they will see that I’m here to stay for a little while and try to turn the program around," he said.
Scarborough said Lonoke will always be special to him.
"I have family in Lonoke," he said. "I’ve enjoyed every year that I have spent in Lonoke. It’s a great place to work. A head coaching job of a senior high school, that was going to be the only way I would have left Lonoke.
"It hadn’t been for a head coaching job, I would have signed my contract and been at Lonoke for another year."
Scarborough was 22-11-2 during his four seasons as the Junior Jackrabbits coach. His team finished second in the 4A-2 conference race in 2011 and finished undefeated in conference play to win the title in 2012.
During his time at Lonoke, Scarborough worked with four head coaches — Mark Uhiren, Marcel Vincent, Jeff Jones and Doug Bost.
"I’m excited about this opportunity," Scarborough said of going to Hall. "I’m going to try to take advantage of it and coach the way that I coach. That is what got me here. I’m just going to keep being the person that I am."