By Mark Buffalo
LONOKE — Assistant football coach Tyler Shaw is the new Lonoke Junior Jackrabbits head coach.
Shaw was promoted by the Lonoke School Board during its meeting Monday night. The hiring was confirmed via text message with Lonoke Athletic Director Marc Sherrell. Shaw replaces Nick Smith, who was promoted to offensive coordinator for the high school team.
Shaw, 25, is in his second year of teaching at Lonoke, the only school he’s worked at. He student taught and helped with football and baseball at Bauxite prior to coming to Lonoke.
“I’m excited about it,” Shaw said Wednesday afternoon. “I feel like it’s a great opportunity at a school that has a lot of tradition and a program that has a lot of tradition.”
Shaw said he’s excited about working under Taggart Moore, who is the head football coach for the high school team.
“He brings a lot to the program,” Shaw said of Moore. “A lot of the morals, character and his characteristics … I’m excited about being a part of that.”
Moore is also excited to continue working with Shaw.
“Tyler is the perfect fit to lead the junior high program,” Moore said. “He is young, energetic and hard working. He is excited to build on the success they had last season. Tyler will also be a huge asset to the senior high team.”
Among his other duties, Shaw serves as assistant coach for the Lady Jackrabbits softball team. He also teaches E.A.S.T at Lonoke Middle School.
Shaw is a graduate of Joe T. Robinson High School in Little Rock where he played football, basketball, baseball and golf. He received his bachelor’s degree from Henderson State University in Arkadelphia.
Shaw and his wife Megan live in Maumelle.