Sagrecy starts filling his staff

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First two assistants named to football coaching staff

By Nick Schrager

He’s been on the job as Washington County’s new head football coach just over two weeks, and Eric Sagrecy has already started to fill his coaching staff.
On Monday the former Washington County High and Georgetown College player announced that he was bringing on two coaches who followed a similar path in their careers.

Bobby Joe Mattingly, a teacher at North Washington Elementary School, and Scott Mudd, a teacher at Washington County Middle School, were named the first two assistants on Sagrecy’s staff.
Mattingly played at WCHS, then went on to play at Georgetown College from 1999 to 2002, where he helped the school win back-to-back NAIA national championships in 2000 and 2001 and a pair of national runners-up finishes.
Mudd also played at WCHS before playing at Georgetown College in 1994.
After Georgetown, Mudd came back to Springfield where he was an assistant coach under former WCHS coaches Lee Glasscock and Tim Mattingly. He even coached his new colleagues, Sagrecy and Bobby Joe Mattingly, while working at WCHS.
“I’m very excited to have the chance to work with Eric. He’s going to do a lot of good things. I’ve had the opportunity to coach he and Bobby Joe when they were in high school. Both are high-character guys, which makes it really exciting.”
Mattingly said he is excited to be back in football, and he added that he feels the time is now right for his return.
After playing at WCHS through 1997, then at Georgetown College from 1999 through 2002, Mattingly immediately began a coaching career at Georgetown. He said it was not a mistake, but it was a big step at the time.
“I did coach at Georgetown in 2003, which I think was a rush. I had a lot going on. I had just got married, and I had a lot on my plate,” he said. “Obviously coaching college is a lot different than high school. It was a good learning experience, but I should have taken time off.”
With his time off now taken over the past eight years, Mattingly is ready to return to coach at WCHS.
“I’m extremely excited. I wanted to make sure 100 percent that I wanted to do it, and that I could committ 100 percent to the kids and the team. I’m really excited to get back and share a little of what I have learned and what I know with the kids on the team.”
Sagrecy said he is not certain what positions Mattingly and Mudd will be coaching.
“We’ll wait until the entire staff is together, and everybody’s comfort level is good,” Sagrecy said. “Both have such great knowledge they could coach any position on the field and be successful. That’s the kind of people they are.”
Sagrecy said he hopes to have his staff completed by the middle of May, but added that he will not rush, and will be certain he has found the right people for the positions before making a decision.
“That’s the time frame in my head, but at the same time, I want to get the right people, and if it takes a little longer, then it just takes a little longer.”