Derek Witt takes over football program at Alma Mater Carter

Derek Witt takes over football program  at Alma Mater Carter
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Three years ago Derek Witt came back to Carter to coach the offensive and defensive lines at his Alma mater.

On Wednesday, Witt, a 1994 Carter graduate was hired to take over the Hornet football program replacing Jeff McMillian who retired last month.

“We have named Derek Witt as our head coach,” Carter principal Angie Messer said. “It’s exciting to move the program and we look forward to seeing where it can go under Derek.”

Carter also announced the hiring of Scott Branton, Ryan Roach, and Nick Nash as new assistant coaches as well.

In his three seasons at Carter, McMillian posted a 14-19 overall record but the Hornets made the Class 4A playoffs all three seasons losing to Greeneville each year in the first round.

The best year under McMillian was a 7-4 season in 2014, the Hornets went 3-8 last season.

Before coming to Carter, Witt coached for eight seasons (2005-12) at Karns including the last three seasons as the head football coach of the Beaver program.

“I’m very excited and humbled to be able serve my alma mater as head coach,” Witt said.

Although his record at Karns was just 10-21 during his coaching tenure, the Beavers went 6-5 in 2011 and made the playoffs.

There are currently 12 programs looking for a head coach they are: Northpoint Christian, Ravenwood, Hillsboro, Whitwell, Clarksville Northeast, Rossview, Creek wood, Ripley, Grace Christian Academy, ECS, Brainerd and Loretto.

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