PARAGOULD, AR (Paragould Daily Press) - At some point during his 13 years at Crowley's Ridge Academy, Wayne Freer has coached nearly every athletic program the school had to offer. However, at the end of this school year, Freer said he intends to take on a new role at CRA that does not involve coaching at all. He said after finishing his master's degree in educational leadership in May, next year he intends to focus on implementing and maintaining a new online grading system at CRA that will allow parents to view their children's grades online as well as updating the school's web site. He said that will take much of his time and leave very little left for coaching.
"It's been a little more time-consuming than we anticipated," Freer said with a smile. "That's going to take some of that extra time I would spend in athletics. I'm just going to funnel that time in more of a technological way to try to benefit Crowley's Ridge Academy."
During his tenure at CRA, Freer has coached both of his children. He was the coach of the girls basketball team when his daughter, Treka, played and coached the boys when his son, Wade, played. Treka Freer graduated CRA in 2009 and Wade Freer will graduate this year.
"That was a big decision [to not coach next year]," Wayne Freer said. "I've really been honored to coach both of my [kids]. But, there were opportunities here at the school opening up."
Freer said he has been very fortunate to have the opportunity to coach both of his kids. He said it was through a series of twists of fate that allowed him to coach Treka and Wade.
"God has a way of working things out to benefit you whether you want it to or not," Freer said with a laugh. "I've been very blessed to be able to coach both of my kids. We've had some fun times. We've had some nerve-racking times at home, too. But, that's been part of the fun."