-By Donovan Stewart
Mac Bryan is going back home to the mountains of North Carolina.
Bryan has resigned as head football coach at Ooltewah and has been named the new head football coach and athletic director at Avery County (NC) high school.
Avery County is a small Class 1A school in Newland right outside of Boone, North Carolina where Appalachian State University is.
Bryan went to college at Appalachian State and grew up in Wilkes, North Carolina which is 60 miles outside of Boone.
“We have a lot of success at Ooltewah and it’s been a great five years here but I’m excited about going home to be closer to my mom and family,” Bryan said.
Ooltewah was good under Bryan’s leadership as the Owls were 45-16, winning 10 plus games three consecutive seasons (2014, 2015 and 2016) and making the playoffs all five seasons (four times in 5A 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 and 2017 in 6A).
The Owls made back to back Quarterfinal appearances in 5A in 2015 and 2016 while making the second round in 2013 and 2014.
Ooltewah finished 5-6 this season, their first in 6A as they lost to Dobyns Bennett in the first round.
“His tenure here at Ooltewah was a very successful one. His knowledge of the game is exceptional and he will be a huge asset to his new coaching and athletic director job at Avery County High School in Newland, North Carolina. We wish him the very best. The Administration team will be taking the next steps in the next couple of weeks on deciding who will replace him. I am sure we will have plenty of resumes that will be coming our way since we have had a very successful program over many years,” Ooltewah athletic director Brad a Jackson said.
The following 16 schools are looking for a new head coach: Cannon County, Chester County, Gibbs, Gordonsville, Grundy County, Halls, Humboldt, Houston, Jellico, Kingsbury, Memphis East, Ooltewah, Scott, Upperman, Red Bank and Volunteer.