After two decades of being a football coach at his alma mater, Brad Conley is retiring as head football coach at Gibbs high school but will continue to teach social studies at the Corryton high school.
“Yes, I am retiring from coaching but I will continue to teach at Gibbs High School,” Conley said.
Conley, a 1984 Gibbs graduate led the Eagle program for the last decade posting a 60-55 overall record that included nine straight trips (2008-16) to the playoffs in three different classifications (3A, 4A and 5A).
During that time, Gibbs made in 3A playoffs in 2008, the 4A playoffs four times (2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012) and the last four trips (2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016) were to the 5A playoffs.
“Brad Conley has retired as head football coach, but will continue to be a high-level Social Studies teacher at Gibbs High School. Since Coach Conley became the head coach 10 years ago, Gibbs High School has enjoyed tremendous success in football. In addition, numerous student-athletes have earned scholarships to colleges and universities. He has been the most successful head coach in Gibbs Football history. More important than all of the wins is the character and pride he instilled in hundreds of young men. Gibbs High School and the Gibbs Community are fortunate to have Brad Conley as an Advance Placement teacher and football coach,” Gibbs principal Jason Webster said.
The Eagles went 5-5 this season and missed the playoffs for the only time in Conley’s tenure as head coach.
Before taking the head coaching job at Gibbs, Conley served as an assistant principal for three years (2005-07) as he took a break from coaching.
He also served as an assistant football coach at Gibbs for a decade (1995-2004) before getting into administration.
In his time at Gibbs as both the head and assistant coach, the Eagles have made the playoffs 12 times of their 19 times in school history.
Conley’s best season at Gibbs was in 2010 and the Eagles finished 11-2 and made the 4A Quarterfinals (only time in school history) before losing to Greeneville.
He started his football coaching career at Rutledge in 1990 and served there before coming home to his alma mater in 1995.
The Gibbs opening is the 25th coaching job to open this off-season and there are 14 schools that are currently looking for a head coach they are: Cannon County, Cordova, Fayette Ware, Gibbs, Grundy County, Halls, Humboldt, Lookout Valley, Milan, Raleigh Egypt, Rossville Christian, Scott, Upperman and Volunteer.
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