A new Blue Devil head football coach was selected Monday night, April 7, during a school district board meeting.
Board members voted 3-2 to hire Brad Embry, a Calhoun County native, to lead the Blue Devils. Board members Cayce Washington, Dr. Steve Edwards and Lamar Burgess
accepted the recommendation by Water Valley High School Principal Glen
Kitchens and Athletic Director Gary “Chick” Drewery to hire Embry from
the field of 18 candidates.
Board members Ray Hawkins and Taylor Trusty cast dissenting votes during a lengthy executive session. Embry is currently working in the Tupelo School District, where he spent the last eight years coaching.At Tupelo he began as a wide receiver coach and worked up to assistant
head coach and offensive coordinator prior to accepting the head coach
position in Water Valley.
Before coaching in Tupelo, Embry coached at Madison Central, tasting
success in 1999, when the team posted a 15- 0 season and state
championship. Embry is no stranger to the deep-rooted football tradition in the
Valley. He recites a past experience when talking about his motivation
for leading the Blue Devils.
“I think of Water Valley when I played at Bruce against them in my 10th
grade year,” Embry points out. That was in 1990, the year Water Valley
fielded a state championship team.
“It is a great town, great people, and I have a plan and will start
today putting it in place,” Embry said in an interview with the Herald
Embry was in town Tuesday morning, looking at available real estate and
preparing to meet with school officials, players and other coaches. Embry said he plans working in Water Valley on a limited, but daily basis immediately.
“We have a new defense and offense I want to get put in,” the coach said.
Spring practice starts April 28 and Embry said that while he still has
obligations to fulfill in his current job, he plans on working each
afternoon in Water Valley.His parents, Bill and Gwen Embry, live near the Pine Valley community in Yalobusha County.