By Dan Callahan
There has been much change in the world in high school football coaching in the region this off season, and now the biggest surprise of all has taken place. Mark Dixon, who only a few short days ago, resigned as head football coach at Galax, will return as head coach of the Maroon Tide.
Martinsville lost its head coach, Orion Martin, this morning, and Galax gets its coach back this afternoon. There were a variety of reasons why Dixon originally resigned, and one was a desire to look at getting involved in college coaching, most feeling he was wanting to move back toward Charlottesville where he was an All-American at the University of Virginia. He is the most successful head coach in Galax history.
But the effort was made to get Dixon to change his mind, and he will return to the Maroon Tide where he will also have the opportunity coach his step son who will be a senior. Likely numerous areas were discussed in making the decision to return, but Galax will keep their man.
In other coaching moves this past week Northside hired Scott Fisher to be its new head coach. The new Viking boss was working at Hidden Valley Middle School, and has coached as an assistant at Northside previously and was the Northside Middle School coach for a time as well. Also, veteran coach Nick Colobro accepted the head coaching position at Tazewell in February only to resign in March.
In news concerning players, two of Blacksburg’s outstanding returning performers have generated some interest at the college level. Wide receiver Tiquest Terry has been offered a scholarship by UVa, and tailback Coleton Beck by Boston College.