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Polk’s Bruce Ollis (left) and Mitchell’s Russell Barnett each announced resignations from football
head coaching positions at their respective high schools two weeks ago. Photo submitted

Originally published: 2014-02-04 21:45:57
Last modified: 2014-02-04 21:46:43

Pair of WHC coaches step down from head coaching positions

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Western Highlands Conference football was abuzz with activity in the past couple of weeks, and the first day of fall practice is still more than six months away.

Mitchell High School head football coach Russell Barnett, as well as Polk County head coach Bruce Ollis, each announced their resignations from their respective schools last week, altering the coaching landscape within the Western Highlands Conference.

Barnett’s record with the Mountaineers was 35-52 in seven seasons. The Mountaineers set a school record for single-season victories in 2011 with 12, but have endured back-to-back one-win seasons since then, including a 1-11 mark last fall..

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