Last year Levi Estes came to Dresden as the defensive coordinator and the Lions made school history by going undefeated at 15-0 and winning the Class 1A state title.
Now after Derek Rang left for Gatlinburg-Pittman in March, Estes was named as the Lion head coach this afternoon.
“We are excited for Levi to continue the success of the football program,” Dresden principal Chuck West said.
Estes, 25, has been on the fast track up the coaching ladder as the Dyersburg native started his coaching career only three years ago at Henry County in 2014 where he helped with the offensive line.
He also spend time at Obion County in 2015 also working with the offensive and defensive lines.
“I’m extremely excited about this opportunity at Dresden. I think we have a great group of kids returning next year. I’m excited to get my first head coaching job at Dresden and I know I will be supported by the community,” Estes said.
There are currently three programs looking for a head coach they are: Antioch, Scotts Hill and Kenwood.
Former USJ boss Mickey Marley hired at Rosenwald Middle School
After a year away from coaching, former USJ coach Mickey Marley will take over Peabody’s feeder program Rosenwald Middle School in 2017.
Marley will be the head coach at Rosenwald and then will assist the high school program at Peabody as well.
“The thought of Coach Marley leading our Middle School program is exciting,” Peabody head football coach Shane Jacobs said.
“The knowledge and experience he brings to our district made this process a no-brainer. He is on a short list of the best coaches in the history of this entire state, and he’s going to lead our middle school, needless to say, we are beyond ecstatic about this hire.”
Before being fired as head coach at USJ after the 2015 season, Marley complied a 245-91 overall record at USJ and took the Bruins to five state title games (1993, 1998 and 2000 in 1A, 2009 and 2011 in Division II-A).
Before taking the head job in 1989, the Bruin football program had made only two playoff appearances (1987 and 1988) but Marley transformed the program and made it one of the top ones in West Tennessee if not the state.
USJ made 23 playoff appearances under Marley and he was 42-26 in the playoffs and the Bruins had 14 seasons of 10 plus win seasons (1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012.)
In December, Marley was inducted into the Tennessee Football Coaches Association (TNFCA) Hall of Fame.
“I’m very excited about getting back to coaching players and having fun with it,” Marley said. “This is a great situation for me and my family and I’m thankful to be able to work with some great coaches in a great program.”
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