Following the resignation of Head Coach Tim Harper last week, Mena Football’s Offensive Line Coach, Aaron Pennington, is leaving the Bearcats to be the Offensive Line Coach of the Malvern Leopards.
Pennington has spent the last 6 years at Mena, and also served as the Head Boys Track Coach.
“With all the transition around Mena, this was just an opportunity that I couldn’t pass up,” stated Pennington on his departure.
“I am excited about my new challenges, but I hate to leave the kids and relationships that I have built over the past 6 years in Mena.”
Pennington added, “On the football field, I truly feel like this group of kids is on the verge of great things this season. I’ve been around the kids throughout the district at all grade levels, and athletically I expect to see great things in the years to come.”
“Mena is a great place with fantastic educators throughout the district, and I have truly enjoyed working with all of the teachers, janitors, cafeteria workers, aids, and administrators in the Mena School District,” said Pennington.
Lastly, Pennington noted, “I got in this profession to make an impact on kids, and my hope is that even though I may be leaving the district, I have left some impact on not only the football and track athletes, but also my students at both Louise Durham and Holly Harshman. I know they have made an impact on me.”