T.J. Weed’s stint without a baseball team lasted less than a week.
The former Mangham head coach has agreed to take over the program at Family Community Christian in Winnsboro.
Weed resigned from Mangham after the school couldn’t guarantee him a teaching position due to the decreasing enrollment within the Richland Parish School Board. Mangham is losing spots in the classroom despite being the only high school in the district where enrollment is growing.
Mangham will join the ranks of Class 2A in the fall after competing at the 1A level.
“It’s one of those things where from a professional standpoint and as an adult you’ve got to have a job. Sometimes you get shorthanded and there’s nothing you can do about it,” Weed said. “Another door has opened up for me to walk through and I’m looking forward to getting going at FCCS.”
Mangham hopes to have a new baseball coach in place in the next two weeks. Weed’s departure also creates an opening on Tommy Tharp’s football staff, which the baseball coach will have the option of filling.
“T.J. was in a tough situation being a younger guy. I sat down with him as did our principal [Connie Williams] and unfortunately had to tell him it was probably in his best interest to start looking around because we couldn’t guarantee him a spot,” said Tharp, who doubles as Mangham’s athletic director.
“He had to do what was best for him to make sure he had a job and he’s got a bright future ahead of him.”
Weed had the unenviable task of following a champion when he got the job at his alma mater following Mangham’s 1A state title run in 2013. The Dragons reached the playoffs in both of Weed’s seasons, but his tenure was marred by injuries that kept key personnel off the field and in the dugout.
“He held the rope for us after a really good group of kids graduated after that state championship,” Tharp said. “Following a state championship is hard to do but he took advantage of an opportunity as a young coach and that’s going to help him down the road.”
Family Community Christian went 8-7 during its LHSAA transition year in 2015. The Class C school was placed in District 2 along with Claiborne Christian, Epps and Kilbourne and its growing enrollment makes a move up to Class B likely during the next reclassification cycle.
“From what I’ve gathered there’s a talented eight grade class and some good players at the high school level we can push to get better. The community has been more than willing to give their time and money to help us get our facilities up and going,” Weed said.
“There are a lot of positive things going on where if we can put everything together and play good baseball we’ll be able to win some games.”
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