Just recently, Tamela Phillips has taken over the reins as the principal at Leesville High School.

Just recently, Tamela Phillips has taken over the reins as the principal at Leesville High School.

Upon becoming the principal of the school, she knew she had to fill a couple of coaching positions within the ranks of baseball and girls’ soccer.

But on Thursday, two more head coaching vacancies were announced.

Head football coach Tommy Moore announced his resignation from the Wampus Cat program, while 13-year veteran Georgia Thomas announced her retirement as the head volleyball coach.

So with just under a month before school starts on August 16, Phillips will be searching for some new leaders in the Wampus Cat athletic program.

Moore, who took over as the head coach of the program three years ago, recently agreed to become the new offensive coordinator at Class 5A Natchitoches Central High School, leaving Leesville with a record of 11-20, including a District 3-4A championship in 2014 and an overall record of 11-20.

It was in 2014 where the Wampus Cats got off to a 2-3 start before coming alive in district play. The Cats went 4-1 in league action, winning back the Hooper Trophy and claiming a share of the 3-4A title with both Peabody and DeRidder.

The Wampus Cats went on the road for the first round of the playoffs and nearly defeated Rayne, falling on a late kickoff return for a touchdown.

Moore coached the likes of running back Cory McCoy, who should leave the Wampus Cats as one of the top five running backs of all time. He also coached quarterback Caden Wheeler, who just tried out for the Northwestern State football team and the recently departed David Kava, a standout defensive player.

Thomas, who leaves the Leesville volleyball program as its winningest and most successful coach of all-time, coached several standout athletes, sending a number of them to the collegiate ranks, most notably Dominique Johnson, Lina Kava and Bre’Zhanna Eddington.

She also coached the Lady Cats to two appearances in the LHSAA State Volleyball Tournament and didn’t miss the playoffs in any of the years since 2006. Those state tournament teams included the likes of Amy Williams, Kyesha Edwards and Maile Goodwin, just to name a few.

The Lady Cats also set season-record win totals over several different years under the tutelage of Thomas, going over the 20-win mark on a number of occasions.