When the Star City Bulldogs hit the field this fall, they will have an experienced man at the helm. Monday night, the school board approved the hiring of Chris Norton to take over the tradition rich program. Norton comes to Star City after a successful tenure at Lonoke, where he served as both the head coach and A.D. He led the Jackrabbits to the State playoffs the last two seasons. Prior to going to Lonoke, he was the head man at Perryville, where they went to state three times. Norton said the job was attractive because of the pride in the community, and because some outstanding players, teams and coaches have represented the program through the years. He is already on the job, preparing for spring practice which begins on Monday.

The school board also approved the hiring of Nate Davis as the new Lady Dogs head coach. The last two seasons, Davis was an assistant coach at Ouachita Baptist, coaching guards and assisting with recruiting, player development and film and video operations. Previously, he headed up both the men’s and women’s basketball programs at South Arkansas College in El Dorado and was a high school coach at Hermitage, Arkansas. He is a 2017 graduate of Louisiana Tech. He also was a volunteer assistant in softball at Louisiana-Monroe.