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Winds of Change: Eagles Welcome New Boys Basketball Coach, Josh Ferrell, to Paris

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The winds of change have once again made their presence known in the Eagles boys basketball program. Paris head coach Blain Brewington has resigned and has accepted a similar position at Bartlett High School in Memphis, Tennessee. The Paris board of education met in a special board meeting on Tuesday evening, May 25 to accept Brewington’s letter of resignation and to hear and approve a recommendation to hire his replacement, Josh Ferrell, who is currently the head basketball coach at Caddo Hills High School in Arkansas. It was a whirlwind change to the boys basketball program that will enter the 2021-22 season with its third head coach in as many years.

In a press release from the Paris school district, Josh Ferrell was announced as its new boys basketball coach:

Paris School District Press Release (Image Credit: Paris Public Schools)

The new Paris boys basketball coach comes to the Eagles from a basketball-rich family and coaching tree. Josh’s father, David, is the head basketball coach at the New School in Fayetteville. Recently, Josh’s team won a playoff game over The New School that featured a match-up between he and his father.

Josh Ferrell (on the right) hugs his father after a playoff win over The New School. (Photo Credit: Montgomery County News)

Ferrell’s hometown is West Fork where he attended high school and played basketball for the Tigers. In his high school career, he averaged 22 points per game, 6.9 assists per game, and 5.3 steals per game. He had a reputation as being a tenacious guard at West Fork that eventually gave him the opportunity to play college basketball at the University of the Ozarks.

He made an immediate impact at the U of O by being named as the ASC Conference Freshman of the Year and also being named to the conference’s All Freshman Team. In the next three years, he started every game, and was named as the conference’s ASC Sportsmanship Athlete of the Year at the end of the 2015-16 season.

Ferrell’s success followed him to Caddo Hills where he is currently the head boys basketball coach. According to Max Preps, his team was ranked 12th overall in Arkansas Class 2A, and 2nd in the 2A-7 conference. This past year, his team had impressive playoff wins over Mansfield, Melbourne, and Earle. His only playoff loss was a seven point loss to Marianna Lee.

Resident Press will have an exclusive story on Josh Ferrell in Friday’s online edition. By all indications, this is a very big hire for Paris, and Eagles basketball fans have a lot to look forward to this winter when the Eagles take the court. On behalf of Resident Press, we would like to welcome Josh to Paris, and we wish him the best of success in leading the Eagles boys basketball program.

Watch for more on this story in Resident Press!

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