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After two seasons at the helm Mike Croley is out as the head coach at Bellevue.

The school has promoted defensive coordinator Johnny Poynter to become the Tigers' new head coach.

Bellevue finished 7-5 last year and during Croley's first season in 2010.

Poynter began his coaching career in 1992 as an assistant to Tom Larkey at Rockcastle County. In 1997 he went to Bourbon County as the defensive coordinator under the legendary Dudley Hilton. Together, they guided the team to a state championship.

The longtime coaching veteran began his head coaching career at Pike County Central in 2002 where in his first year he broke the school record for wins in a season. In 2005, he moved to Trimble County where he inherited a team with a 27-game losing streak. In his second game they broke that streak and he went on to lead the team to back to back winning seasons and the first playoff win in school history.

In 2009, Poynter returned to Bourbon County to take over a team that had won only five games in the previous five seasons. His team gained five wins in his first season and in 2011 they had their first winning season in 12 years and first playoff win in 15 years.
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