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Russell County Baseball Officially Hires Wiggins

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Russell County High School is known for having one of the best baseball programs in the state of Alabama.

Thirteen-straight Area Titles, a State Championship in 2005, but all of that came under the now-departed Head Coach Tony Rasmus.

After Rasmus left Russell County for a Head Coaching job in Florence, major questions surround the future of a once dominant program.

For the first time in 13 years, Tony Rasmus Field will see no returning starters, no Rasmuses, and be under the watch of a coach with no head-coaching experience.

"It's going to be a challenge," said new Russell County Head Baseball Coach Vincent Wiggins. "But I think we'll do well."

Russell County Athletic Director Demond McCoy confirmed that Vincent Wiggins has been hired and approved as Russell County's newest Head Baseball Coach.

"This is a tremendous honor. I'm truly blessed," said Wiggins.

"First of all we were looking for good football coaches this year," said McCoy.
"He [Wiggins] actually was a good coach for Central Phenix City, and then he was the Head Football Coach at Jeff Davis. It's like a diamond in the rough. We were so lucky to get him here."


But not all of the Russell County community feels the same way.

Namely, the baseball team. The program's uncertain future was the key reason every single one of the baseball team's remaining starters decided to transfer.

"We transferred out," said Tim Kelly, father to one of the Russell County players who transferred.

"My son started his first day at Shaw this morning and he's officially out. Nothing negative against Coach Wiggins, but I can't find his connectivity to the program."

"Wiggins had the experience," said McCoy. "He had an extensive background in coaching baseball , he also played baseball. I guess he just fell in at the right time."

Several members of the Russell County community were hoping for a home run hire to replace
Tony Rasmus.  Coach Rasmus' son, Cyle, was an assistant for the Warriors last year.
Rasmus wasn't given much consideration for the job, and now isn't even on the staff.

"Cyle's been around the program," said McCoy. "He's been under good coaches, his father was a great coach, as well. But that decision, again is going to come from Coach Wiggins. And Cyle has to have that certification."

"I got the word that Coach Wiggins pulled our kids out of class one day and said I'm the coach and there won't be any Rasmuses involved," said Kelly.

"It's me, I'm the whole show, and just kind of seeing that pipeline fall to pieces, so there was really no reason to stay there."

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