Christmas came early this year for Oxford Athletics Director Johnny Hill. Needing to hire a boys soccer coach three months later than a district normally extends contracts, Hill ended up garnering a head coach with a current state championship to replace a coach coming off a state championship of his own.
Jonathan Branch left Ridgeland in mid-July to take over the OHS Chargers, a team that won the 2013 MHSAA Class 5A state title. Branch, who was officially approved by the school board July 22, accompanied the Chargers in that same category as he led the Lady Titans to the MHSAA Class 5A title as well this past winter.
Citing a chance to be a part of the Oxford community and a school district he had heard so many great things about, Branch chose to answer Hill’s offer and make the move.