There will be some familiar faces in new positions for the 2016-17 school year in the Peaster school district.
The retirement of high school principal Darla Henry has created opportunity for advancement for a couple of folks in the athletic department. Athletic director Chris Pennington will replace her, and baseball coach Lynn Grimes will take over as the new A.D.
The changes will become effective Friday (July 1).
"I'm excited to have the opportunity," Pennington said. "Darla did an unbelievable job. I've been fortunate in that I've had the opportunity to follow two outstanding principals."
Pennington was previously principal at Springtown High School from 2011-14 before taking the athletic director job at Peaster. He followed Mike Kelley, who was Springtown principal from 2005-11.
During his short tenure as athletic director at Peaster, Pennington saw the program enjoy much success. In the 2015-16 school year, the volleyball team reached the state semifinals, boys and girls basketball made the postseason, baseball advanced to the third round of the postseason, and softball made it to the regional finals, having the best season in the program's history.
Also, wheelchair athlete Sarah Maynard signed a scholarship to play basketball at the University of Alabama, arguably the largest signing in school history.
Grimes led the Peaster baseball team to its best season since 2009. After finishing fourth in District 11-3A, the Greyhounds advanced three rounds in the playoffs before dropping a pair of one-run games to perennial power and rival Brock.
Grimes will continue to coach the Greyhounds baseball team along with his athletic director duties.
"I am very excited to be able to be the A.D. at Peaster," Grimes said. "We have great coaches at Peaster. I will try to help and support them in any way possible.
"Our student-athletes at Peaster are great kids that have a great work ethic and great morals. I feel blessed to be given the opportunity to be a part of PISD."