McWhorter joins Baker’s staff at CatholicPublished 7:45am Sunday, June 2, 2013
Coach Duane McWhorter’s tenure as a Wetumpka Indian ended Friday afternoon when he accepted the position of defensive coordinator at Montgomery Catholic.
“I really hate leaving Wetumpka right now because I think Coach (Tim) Perry has them headed in the right direction. And I’m going to be excited to see what the defense does there this year, just because they have so many people coming back.”
For McWhorter, though, returning to Montgomery provides him the opportunity to work with longtime coaching pal Gregg Baker, who was recently hired to lead the Knights.
“Gregg got the job or started looking at the job in mid-March,” said McWhorter. “We started talking about possibly getting back together on the same staff.”
McWhorter and Baker served as coordinators at Jeff Davis High School. When McWhorter was promoted to the Vols head coach, Baker stayed on as offensive coordinator. When Baker was hired as Faulkner’s head football coach, his first call was to McWhorter to fill in as defensive coordinator. And when Baker joined Catholic, another phone call was made.
“I know what kind of a coach he is,” said Baker. “And I know what kind of person he is. I called to see if he might be interested. He was and my bosses got together and got him hired in a PE position.”
Both have had experience as head coaches in the private school ranks. In 1988, McWhorter coached 2A St. James. Baker coached Alabama Christian in 2007 and 2008.
For Perry, the void at defensive coordinator is one of a handful of positions he’s looking to fill in the offseason.
“We are looking for someone with experience,” said Perry. “6A football in Alabama is not a level to get experience as a coordinator. We are looking for someone with previous experience and someone with Wetumpka ties or connections to the community. We are looking for someone ready to be here and invest time in our program and in Wetumpka.”
In the upcoming weeks, Perry will look to fill the defensive coordinator void, along with an open coaching position on the defensive staff, name a new ninth-grade head football coach and bring a new soccer coach into the Indians fold.