The timing was perfect for Justin Pressley and his young family.
The Kingston, Tennessee native who is a Midway graduate was looking for a way to get his family back to the Volunteer state.
He and his wife that their first child last September and wanted to leave the Chicago winters behind to get closer to home.
Pressley, 30, got his wish and has been named the new head football coach at Volunteer high school replacing Barry Jones who was fired midway through the season.
“I’m excited and think Coach Pressley is a perfect fit for our school and community.” Volunteer AD Jim Whalen, said. “I am excited for our school and community with our new hire. Justin Pressley brings a high energy level and a spark of enthusiasm to the football program. I look for him to lead our players on and off the field.”
For the last three seasons, Pressley was transforming the Lindblom (IL) high school football program leading them to a 20-9 record including two playoff appearances, the team was 2-7 the year before a Pressley took the job.
“It was extremely tough to leave Lindblom. We have built one of the premier programs in Chicago and they should have consistent success moving forward, and my wife and I just had our first child in September 2017 and the timing was right to come back to Tennessee,” Pressley said.
Before taking the Lindblom job, he was an assistant at Siegel for three seasons (2011-13) and one year at Pearl Cohn (2014).
“I am very excited to get started at Volunteer. AD Jim Whalen and Principal Wines made me and my family feel at home when we came to Church Hill and I knew it was the right place for us to be,” Pressley said.
“I have a big vision for Volunteer football and I am going to bring a ton of energy and passion to the job from day one. It’s going to be a challenge and will require the entire community to be involved in our program and we will be very active throughout the community. We want to build a program that all of Church Hill will be proud of.”
The following 15 schools are looking for a new head coach: Cannon County, Chester County, Gibbs, Gordonsville, Halls, Humboldt, Houston, Jellico, KIPP Academy, Kingsbury, Memphis East, Ooltewah, Scott, Upperman and Red Bank
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