Before Ben Herron took over the Upperman football program, the Bees made the playoffs seven times in school history.
But then Herron, a 1998 Upperman graduate took the program to the next level as the Bees have made the Class 3A playoffs five consecutive times (2013-17).
Now after seven seasons, Herron has resigned as head football coach to take a step back and spend more with his family.
“I’ve had a great seven years at my alma mater. It was a dream of mine to come back and give back to Upperman, I had great coaches and great players and I feel the program is in a good place and because of that, it’s time for me to do something else and be the best husband and dad I can be because I’ve missed some things over the years and I don’t want to miss anymore because my kids are getting older,” Herron said.
The Bees are coming a 6-5 season as they lost to Loudon in the first round of the 3A playoffs and Herron became the school’s winningest coach with a 48-27 record at Upperman.
Herron will leave as the winningest coach at Upperman.
Herron, 39, led Upperman to their best season in school history as they had an undefeated regular season and made the 3A Semifinals and finished 13-1 in 2013.
“It is with much regret that Upperman High School announces the resignation of Head Football Coach Ben Herron,” Upperman Athletic Director Greg Wilson said.
“Upperman High School and the community of Baxter appreciate the efforts and hard work of Coach Herron. He has invested countless hours into the young men that have played at UHS while he has served as Coach. It will be a very hard task to fill the position with someone who loves the school and community like Coach Herron.”
There are 13 schools that are currently looking for a head coach they are: Blackman, Cannon County, Ezell Harding, Grundy County, Humboldt, Lincoln County, Lookout Valley, Milan, Raleigh Egypt, Rossville Christian, Spring Hill, Upperman and Volunteer
Cameron Wynn Decommits from Tennessee
The uncertainty of the Tennessee coaching search now spearheaded by former Volunteer coach Phillip Fulmer has possibly cost Tennessee, a Class of 2019 commitment as Notre Dame athlete Cameron Wynn has decommited from the Volunteers and will look around as Tennessee settles on a new head coach.
Wynn shared the news on Twitter and has offers from Tennessee, Florida Atlantic, Ole Miss, University of Texas San Antonio and Vanderbilt.
Wynn (5-11, 170) was a Division II-AA Mr. Football Finalist this year as he rushed for 1,051 yards and also caught 43 passes for 744 yards while returning two kickoffs for touchdowns as well, in all the versatile Wynn scored 28 total touchdowns and helped led the Fighting Irish to a Division II-AA runner up finish.
“After speaking to Cam over the last few weeks, the UT situation worries him. So to make sure Cam has more options just in case the new staff at UT is not a fit, he is opening up to speak to other schools,” Notre Dame head coach Charles Fant said.
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