Wildcats welcome Stanley
TOP CAT Meridian High School principal James Bounds, right, introduces MHS' new football coach, Ed Stanley, and his wife, Carol, at a Monday morning press conference. Photo by Carisa McCain/The Meridian Star
By Austin Bishop/EMG regional sports director
Feb. 12, 2002
While being the owner of a state championship trophy may have not been a requisite to become the head football coach at Meridian High School, it certainly didn't hurt.
Ed Stanley, who led South Panola to the MHSAA Class 5A state title in 1998, was officially named the new MHS head coach during a Monday morning press conference.
Stanley, who has nine years of head coaching experienced, including eight at South Panola, has a career record of 90-26, which includes having teams play in three state title games.
Burnham said that nearly 30 applications were sorted through during the coaching search and eight were interviewed.
Stanley says he considers being named the head coach at MHS as a privilege.
Stanley replaces Bill Sartin, who stepped down as the MHS coach at the end of the 2001 season.
The Stanley File
Year School Record
1991 Kossuth 6-5
1994 South Panola 10-2
1995 South Panola 9-3
1996 South Panola 14-1
1997 South Panola 14-1
1998 South Panola 14-1
1999 South Panola 10-3
2000 South Panola 8-4
2001 South Panola 5-6
Totals 9 years 90-26