Tallulah Academy hires seventh coach in seven seasons

Published 11:23 am Wednesday, February 22, 2012

For the seventh time in as many seasons, Tallulah Academy has a new head football coach.

The school on Tuesday hired Frank Lloyd, a former assistant at Delhi Charter. He replaces Chris Busby, who was relieved of his duties as the athletic director, football and baseball coach last week.

Boys basketball coach Joey Antley will coach the baseball team this season, while headmaster Donald Pennington has assumed the athletic director’s duties.

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“I was really impressed with their desire to have a great program,” Lloyd said. “I don’t look at things like a lot of people do. I look at them as the way I want to see them become. It’s a place that has had a lot of coaches in a short period of time, and I thought it’s where God wanted me.”

Busby’s tenure spanned parts of two school years, although he spent just one season in each of his coaching jobs. He guided the baseball team within one victory of the MAIS Class A playoffs last spring, but went 2-9 in his only season as head football coach in the fall. He was an assistant football coach for the 2010 season.

The Vicksburg native had previously been an assistant coach in several sports at Porters Chapel Academy and St. Aloysius from 2000 to 2010. At PCA, he helped the Eagles win three Class A baseball championships and reach the football semifinals three times. During his one year at St. Al, the Flashes won the 2010 MHSAA Class 1A baseball title.

Busby declined to comment on his departure from Tallulah.

Although Busby was let go less than two weeks before the start of baseball season, Pennington said it was a “mutual” decision.

“It was kind of a mutual thing. We felt like it might be time for a change. We had a bad year. You lose nine games and it’s tough. I don’t care who the coach is,” Pennington said. “I can’t tell you we fired him, because it was a mutual decision when it was said and done.”

Pennington added that he still considered Busby a friend, and that he didn’t believe there were any hard feelings.

“Chris Busby is a good man. I consider him a good friend of mine,” Pennington said. “As far as I’m concerned, there’s no animosity between us.”

Tallulah wasted little time in finding Busby’s replacement. The 42-year-old Lloyd was hired a little over a week after the school parted ways with its former coach.

Lloyd was the defensive coordinator at Delhi Charter, a Class 1A school in Louisiana, from 2005-10. The Oak Grove, La., native took a job away from coaching and missed the 2011 season, but was eager to rejoin the profession.

“My ambition is not to look for something else. It’s to bloom where I’m planted,” Lloyd said.