Dickey Meeks, who captured his second state championship two falls ago, will be recommended as Pittsburg’s next head football coach and athletic director later this week.
Meeks, who spent the past six years at Henderson and has 236 career wins, is expected to take over for the recently departed Robert Manley.
“I spent six years in Mount Vernon, which is right in that same area,” said Meeks, who guided Henderson to the Class 3A Division I title in 2010 and reached the semifinals in ‘11. “It wasn’t one of those things that was planned out or anything. It was something that happened at the right time.”
If approved Meeks, who won a 4A title at Chapel Hill in 1989, would take over a program that missed the last three postseasons after reaching the state quarterfinals in 2009. The Pirates went 2-8 in 2012 and 5-5 in ‘11.
He leaves a program that finished 9-5 this past season, falling 41-34 to District 16-3A rival and eventual state finalist Gilmer in the 3A Division II quarterfinals.
“Anytime you leave any place that you put in a lot of work, it’s a hard decision,” said Meeks, who helped oversee the development of an indoor practice facility and other athletic department improvements at Henderson. “But that’s also part of the business. There are very few of us that get to stay 25 years in one place. When you get into this, you realize that’s part of it.
“What you miss any time you leave a place are the kids. That’s what I’m going to miss. We’ve been able to do some things with the facilities, so that’s great for the kids that are coming.”
Meeks expects to be successful at Pittsburg.
“It’s not as large a school, but Pittsburg has always been known for having good athletes,” Meeks said.