Homewood High School announced this morning that Frankie McKeown will serve as the the school’s head wrestling coach and Arica Moss will serve as Homewood’s head coach for the Lady Patriots softball team.
In his second year at Homewood High School, Frankie McKeown teaches United States History and serves as the freshman football coach.
McKeown is a native of Illinois where he started wrestling when he was 12 years old. He wrestled at Naperville North High School where he was a four year varsity starter and named most valuable wrestler as a senior. He went on to wrestle in the National Collegiate Wrestling Association at the University of Alabama and was twice named an All-American.
“The wrestling team had a tremendous finish last year, placing sixth in what was the largest and toughest state tournament in Alabama history,” McKeown said. “We return eight state placers and have a great group of kids returning this year. This includes a very talented freshman class.”
McKeown will be working with assistant wrestling coaches DeAngelo Perry, Eric Stuman and Jeff Waldman.
“Each of these coaches bring a lot of experience to the program, and will help our athletes tremendously. I am grateful to have such a great staff of assistant coaches,” he said.
In her sixth year at Homewood, Arica Moss teaches adapted physical education and drivers education. She has served as an assistant coaching the school’s softball and girls basketball programs throughout her years with Homewood.
Moss attended Samford University on a softball scholarship where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in sport administration and master’s degree in physical education.
Sports and coaching runs in the Moss family, according to a release, as her husband, Brad, serves as an assistant baseball coach for Samford University. The couple has a daughter, Emma Kathryn, and two golden doodles, Tucker and Evie.
“Homewood softball has made tremendous progress in the last five years, and I am honored to have the opportunity to build on the past success,” Moss said. “I am also very excited to work with this wonderful group of young ladies, especially our eight seniors. I know they will lead this team well and leave a legacy, both on and off the field, for years to come! We are currently working hard in the weight room, conditioning and on the mental aspect of the game in the classroom. We can’t wait for the 2022 season!”
– Submitted by Homewood City Schools