After being away from Pikeville for over three decades, coaching football across the country, Dennis Therrell is ready to come back home.
Therrell, a 1973 Bledsoe County graduate has been named the new head football coach at his Alma mater replacing Josh Owensby who resigned in late May to become the offensive coordinator at Hixson.
Bledsoe County athletic director Jason Reel confirmed the hire through social media.
“Obviously coming home to take over a program that means so much to me is a big reason I’m here,” Therrell said.
“I grow up here and I have a lot of family here and in Crossville so it’s going to be fun to lead the Warrior program.”
Therrell will keep the same Offense and Defense that the Warriors ran under Owensby, the previous two seasons and suggests he will be the one learning the system not the other way around.
“I’m a coach that can learn the system the kids have been running instead of shaking everything up and making them learn my system,” Therrell said. “I’m sure we will tweak some things but nothing to big.”
Owensby led the Warriors to a 9-13 record in his two years as head coach as Bledsoe made the Class 2A playoffs in 2015 and beat Tellico Plains in a bowl game this season as they finished 4-7.
Therrell has an extensive college coaching career as he spent 28 years in college while coaching three seasons in the United Football League (2010-12) as an assistant for the Las Vegas Locos.
Therrell was the defensive coordinator at Calloway County (KY) last season and in 2015 he was an assistant coach in Major League Football (MLFB) which was going to be a eight team developmental league for the NFL but the league was scrapped shortly after their draft in early 2016.
He started his coaching career in high school back in 1979 as he was the defensive coordinator at Campbell County before becoming the defensive backs coach at Rhea County for three seasons (1980-82).
Therrell started his college coaching career as a graduate assistant at Tennessee (1983-84) before landing his first college job at MTSU (1985-87) coaching defensive ends under Boots Donnelly.
He then became the defensive coordinator at Lock Haven University (PA) for three years (1987-89) before taking over the program as head coach in 1990.
His head coaching record at Lock Haven took a hit as he posted a 13-52 record in seven seasons of leading the program.
Therrell left Lock Haven and had successful stints as a defensive coordinator at Illinois State (1996-2000), United States Military Academy (2000-04), Murray State (2004-06, 2013-14) and UNLV (2007-2010).
Currently Liberty is currently the only school looking for a head coach.
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