Clinton High School Assistant Principal Brian Fortenberry will be the Clinton Public School District’s next athletic director.
“I’m excited to work with our student-athletes and coaches,” he said. “We have a great athletic program because of the work they put in in the classroom as students and teachers and on the fields and courts.”
Fortenberry holds a bachelor’s degree, master’s degree and an education specialist degree, all from Mississippi College, and he is pursuing a doctorate degree in education from Delta State University.
He began his teaching and coaching career in 2001 at Canton Academy and in 2003 he began teaching and coaching boys basketball at Clinton High School. He was head basketball coach and a teacher at Pelham, Ala., High School from 2007-09 and returned to Clinton the following year where he was head of the junior high boys basketball team and assistant coach of the varsity team.
He served as assistant principal at Clinton Junior High from 2012-15 and served as assistant principal at CHS since 2015.
Fortenberry will begin serving as CPSD’s athletic director on July 1. He said he plans to build on an already successful program.
“This has been one of the best years we’ve ever had in athletics,” he said. “We’ve won three state championships and multiple district titles. A lot of our playoff teams are returning core groups of players.”
The annual All-Sports award is also a priority, because “it demonstrates that you have a well-rounded athletic program.” Long-term, he would like to work with area youth programs to help cultivate future athletes.
“I love this community and the people who live in it,” he said. “The relationships that I have made during my time here have been positive, and I feel it has been a great privilege to serve in this district. I am proud to call myself a Clintonian and I am confident in the direction the district is heading.”