Greg Ryan takes over at Greenback after co- head coach Brent Kilpatrick steps away

Greg Ryan takes over at Greenback after co- head coach Brent Kilpatrick steps away
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It will be a subtle change that will impact the masthead of Greenback football but not much else.


Two years ago, Greenback natives Brent Kilpatrick and Greg Ryan were named interim co-head coaches for the 2015 season.


The Cherokees made the Class 1A state game losing to Nashville Christian and the “interim” title was removed for both Kilpatrick and Ryan.


The duo again led the Cherokees back to the state title game and finished 14-1 losing to Dresden last season.


Now Kilpatrick has decided to step back as co-head coach and Ryan is now the lone head coach for the Cherokees.


“When Coach Lyles left before the 2015 season Coach Kilpatrick and I were ask to be co-head coaches. Coach Kilpatrick had the responsibility of handling the administrative stuff and I ran the day to day football operations. So there is not much of a change from my end other than doing more administrative things as well,” Ryan said.


Kilpatrick won’t be going far as he will stay on the staff and continue to coach the Cherokee wide receivers and defensive backs.


“Brent will still be involved as an assistant coach but with his son Tavin graduating he wanted to be able to spend time and watch him play football at Tennessee Tech. Truthfully, not much is changing coaching wise just removing the co head coach titles. Both coaches will still play a vital role in growing our football program at Greenback,” Cherokee Athletic Director Jessica Spafford said.



Kilpatrick had previous been the head coach at Greenback for three seasons (2006-08) as the Cherokees went 16-17 during that time.


Under Kilpatrick and Ryan’s tutelage, the Cherokees have made back to back 1A state title games and have posted a 26-4 record.


Kilpatrick and Ryan played together at Greenback and Ryan became a record setting quarterback at ETSU and he was inducted into the ETSU Athletics Hall of fame in 2016.


Currently Liberty is currently the only school looking for a head coach.


Chuck Daniel hired at Dickson County

Chuck Daniel who led Creek wood on an interim basis last season and for 11 years before that from 2004-14, has been hired at his Alma mater Dickson County.


“We are excited about getting Coach Daniel on staff at DCHS. I know that Chuck is excited to be back at his alma mater and coaching football. He will bring needed experience and energy to the program. Chuck will be working with the QBs and kickers both positions he has a lot of experience,” Dickson County head coach Randy Muphree said.


Daniel, a 1987 Dickson County graduate will coach both quarterbacks and the Cougar kickers in 2017.


“I am excited about going to teach and coach at my alma mater. It is very tough to leave a special place like Creek wood high school after 15 years, but I felt this was just the best move for me at this time,” Daniel said.


In his 12 total seasons of leading the Red Hawks program, Daniel posted a 56-72 overall record but Creek wood made five playoff appearances under him, which is the only five playoff appearances the school has made.


Going to Dickson County also has special meaning for Daniel as his dad Charlie Daniel led the Cougar football program for a decade (1977-86) and had great success as he was 81-29 overall and Dickson made the playoffs eight times under Daniel.


Under Charlie Daniel’s leadership the Cougars had five undefeated regular seasons in 1979, 1980, 1982, 1984 and 1986.


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