Posted 03 January 2017 - 03:51 AM
Not going to lie I called this happening from when English got hired. He was a smart pick given his prior experience but he was a risk because West hadn't won in a while but it was a smart hire none the less.Thankfilly he managed to break the malaise there and got West going again. They were fun to watch on Hudl this year. Now he's moving to greener pastures while West is stuck out in the field with ? marks on their heads.
Overall I think West should be fine but the people in charge have got to think this through and fully figure it out. A wrong move here would send the program back down again. Same happened in 2004 when Styron left and they kept making awful hire after awful hire. I seen West both during the Baldwin and Dunn years and it was sad. To see them get out of the ashes has been wonderful and I hope they stay that way.
I think they will be fine in the NW'rn conference. Watauga, an improving AL Central progra,, and Freedom (with a new coach,) will be their main rivals each year; possibly South Caldwell will get moving again as well. Shame they didn't stay 2A though because them and Hibriten in the SD7 would have been intresting. That conference was rather gutted from what they had in this alignment.