Cordova received nearly a 100 resumes for their vacant head football coaching job after Anthony Jones resigned last month to became the running backs coach at the University of Memphis.
One resume that caught Cordova principal Barton Thorne’s attention was that of Memphis East coach Marcus Wimberly.
Wimberly led East to a Class 4A State title in 2016 and has been named the new head coach at Cordova.
“I’m very excited about the prospect of being the head coach at Cordova,” Wimberly said. Coach Jones did a great job with the program and they have been trending upward the last several years and it’s a great opportunity for me and my staff to go over there and do great things.”
“We want to go over to Cordova and win some state titles for the school and the community.”
In his 12 seasons as the head coach at East, the Mustangs made the playoffs nine times (five times in 4A: 2006, 2008, 2015, 2016 and 2017 and four times in 5A: 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2014) as they posted an 81-57 record during his tenure.
East defeated Knoxville Central 27-3 to win the school’s second State title in 2016 (East defeated Central for the 4A State title in 1999) and the Mustangs made the 4A playoffs again this season but were defeated by Dyersburg in the first round to finished 5-6 on the year.
“Coach Wimberly came highly recommended from everyone we talked to. My priority was to find a coach who would hold our players to high character and academic standards and those we spoke to confirmed that he is committed to that,” Thorne said. “Winning matters and his playing and coaching record is spectacular. He’s won a state championship and has been coached by world class coaches. There have been no issues or scandals in his program. Ever. He simply has excelled in all of the areas that mattered to me.”
“We had about 100 resumes that we looked at and my AD put some great names in front of me and made this really tough. The guys that we considered in the end were all very accomplished and highly praised. The fact that the others could do the job in a way that I asked and that Marcus has done the job before in the way that I asked edged him in front,” Thorne continued.
Cordova finished 8-3 this year losing in the first round to Memphis Central 41-40 and Jones had an 38-19 record in his five years at Cordova and led the Wolves to four Class 6A playoff appearances (2013, 2015, 2016 and 2017) which included a 12-2 record and a semifinal berth in 2016.
There are 12 schools that are currently looking for a head coach they are: Cannon County, Fayette Ware, Gibbs, Grundy County, Halls, Humboldt, Memphis East, Raleigh Egypt, Rossville Christian, Scott, Upperman and Volunteer.
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