Milan names Defensive Coordinator Craig Pettigrew as new head coach

Milan names Defensive Coordinator Craig Pettigrew  as new head coach
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Almost two months after longtime coach Jeff Morris resigned, Milan has found a new leader of their football program and they already had him in the building.

Craig “Teddy” Pettigrew who has served as the Bulldog defensive coordinator for the last seven years has received a bump in pay and was announced as the new head football coach at Milan.

“We are excited to announce Teddy Pettigrew as the next Head Football Coach at Milan High School. Coach Pettigrew bleeds purple and will continue the rich tradition of Bulldog football. He is an excellent role model for our student-athletes and will lead these young men with integrity and toughness,” Milan principal Greg Scott said.

“We will be poised to return to Cookeville under his leadership and with the cast of returning coaches and players. I know that our community will continue to be fully behind our program and fill the stadium for our first home game against Peabody on August 24th.”


Pettigrew is a Milan graduate and has been on the Bulldog staff the last 14 years and he replaces Morris who resigned in November after leading the program for the last 22 years.

Under his leadership, Milan made six state title games (3A in 1998, 1999, 2009, 2011 and 2012 and 2A in 2008) winning back to back 3A State Titles in 1998 and 1999.

Morris was 222-68 and the Bulldogs posted 12 seasons of 10 or more wins and Milan made the playoffs 21 times in Morris’ tenure (2013 was only year not in playoffs).

The Bulldogs finished the 2017 season at 6-6 as they beat Wooddale in the first round before bowing out to Covington 21-14 in the second round of the 3A playoffs.

There are 12 schools that are currently looking for a head coach they are: Cannon County, Cordova, Fayette Ware, Gibbs, Grundy County, Halls, Humboldt, Raleigh Egypt, Rossville Christian, Scott, Upperman and Volunteer.

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