After five successful seasons at St. George’s, David Carter is leaving the private school in Collierville.
Carter and the school have announced a mutual parting of ways after Carter led the Gryphon to a 43-20 record in his time there which includes two trips to the Division II-A title game.
Those appearances culminated in a state title win in 2015 and a runner up appearance in 2013.
“I loved my time at St. George’s. I loved working with great coaches and unbelievable athletes. I owe much of my success there to Bill Taylor, Rick Fergeson, Brent Hill, Sharon Lathum, Ben Todd, and Tony Whicker,” Carter said.
“There are many others that made St. George’s a special place. It was a great stop along this road. It was a great place to influence young mens lives for the better, work hard, and win a few championships along the way. I wish St. George’s the very best in the future and thank them for a great eight years.”
The Gryphon made the playoffs all five seasons under Carter going to the finals twice as well as the semifinals twice in 2014 and 2016.
St. George’s took a step back this season after moving up in classification from Division II-A in 2016 to Division II-AA in 2017, the Gryphon were 10-3 in 2016 and dropped to 4-7 this year.
“We appreciate Coach Carter’s contributions to our school and has made a positive impact on many of our graduates and current students and we are grateful,” St. George’s Athletic Director Tom Densford said.
Before being named the head coach in 2013, Carter served as the Gryphon defensive coordinator and has a 49-26 overall coaching record after he spent a season as head coach at Southern Baptist Educational Center (2011) now renamed Northpoint Christian where they went 6-6.
Before that Carter was an assistant coach at Lambuth college and then was the defensive coordinator at ECS.
The following 13 schools are looking for a new head coach: Bolton, Copper Basin, DCA, Dobyns Bennett, Houston, Knoxville Halls, Memphis East, RePublic, Richland, St. George’s, Stone Memorial, The Kings Academy and Westwood
Watson Joining Oakland Staff
Oakland has added another former head coach to their football coaching staff.
David Watson who led Blackman to a 28-10 in three seasons as head coach before being let go in November will be on another sideline in Rutherford County for the 2018 season.
Watson will be teach math and be joining Kevin Creasy’s staff where he will coach tight ends and H-backs for the Patriots who are coming off a 13-1 season in which they reached the Class 6A semifinals in 2017.
“Coach Watson has always had the reputation of being a great coach. We’re happy to have a former Patriot back at Oakland coaching and teaching in the fall,” Creasy said.
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