Saturday, March 11, 2017

Courtney joins football coaching staff

Former Crittenden County football player Gaige Courtney is back in Rocket Nation after accepting a position as an instructional assistant in the computer lab at Crittenden County Elementary School.
Rocket football coach Al Starnes said Courtney will become an assistant coach for football and basketball.

Courtney played collegiate football four years at Kentucky State University. He was a standout linebacker and full back on Crittenden County’s state semifinalist team in 2008. He graduated from CCHS in 2009 and has a bachelor’s degree from KSU. He is also working toward a master’s degree in elementary physical education.

Starnes said Courtney will be a wonderful addition to the football staff, which includes only Rocket football alumni.

At KSU, Courtney played linebacker. In high school, he set the career tackles record at Crittenden County.

For the past few seasons Courtney had been an assistant coach at Webster County.
“He’s the one we wanted on our staff,” Starnes said. “Things are coming together nicely.”
It is no secret that Starnes has been building a coaching staff with deep roots in Rocket football. Starnes is planning to retire after the 2017 football season and has already named offensive coordinator Shawn Thompson as the associate head coach.