By Anvil Welch
Globe Sports Writer
Changing coaching jobs can be difficult.
Rusty Roe has moved from Wheaton to Washburn Southwest High School as the head boys basketball coach.
That change may look simple to a lot of people. Roe is shifting from Class 2 to Class 3, according to MSHSAA. He and his wife are Southwest graduates. Jim Roe, Rusty’s dad, was a successful coach at Southwest.
Yet Rusty, naturally happy with returning to the Trojans, indicated on Monday it wasn’t that easy.
Rusty and Ashley Roe, in essence, will be taking good memories from eight years at Wheaton.
“I hate to leave Wheaton,” Coach Roe said. “It’s been a great place. It’s been like family.
“But we are returning home. You hope people understand,” Roe said. “It’s a neat opportunity. My dad and mom (Cindy), of course, are excited about it.”
Jess Ross, who was at Southwest for one year as the head coach, joined Scott Bowlin’s staff at Springdale (Ark,) Har-Ber.
Bowlin was at Greene County Tech in Paragould the past 10 seasons. Bowlin posted a record of 191-95 and won two Arkansas titles in 2007 and 2009 at Greene County.
Ross guided Southwest to records of 16-10 overall and 6-0 in the Ozark 7 Conference and was named coach of the year in the league. Wheaton finished 11-15 and 4-2.
Roe, athletics director in his recent years at Wheaton, said he’ll concentrate on basketball — junior high as well as high school — with Kenny Ferguson the athletics director. Good friend Jesse Paulsen will return to assist Roe.
“Southwest graduated some good players (an early roster listed four seniors in James Pettit, Jordan Epling, Josh Cutberth, Drew Farrar),” Roe said. “But still there are decent players available. There still is some talent. We could be a little thin (in numbers).”
Roe, 31, is a 2000 Southwest graduate and played basketball for Bill Haynes Jr., Jeff Swadley and Chris Kennedy, He attended North Arkansas Community College before securing his degree from Missouri Southern.
Ashley (formerly Hendrix) continued her running career at Missouri Southern. Montana Hendrix, a sister, will be a senior at Southwest.
Ashley and Rusty have two daughters — Sidney, 3, and Demi, 12 weeks. The family lives in Cassville (halfway between Wheaton and Southwest).
Rusty remembers tagging after dad during his coaching stint at Southwest. (1984-87). Jim Roe won league titles in two seasons.
What do former coaches/administrators do?
Well, Jim (who lives near Crowder College in Boulder City) apparently plays golf, plays golf and plays golf.
“Not only that,” Rusty said, “but Dad and a partner lease a golf course at Pea Ridge.”