Chad Grabowski walked in to Red Bank principal Elaine Harper’s office on Friday and was blindsided.
Harper told Grabowski that he was fired as head football coach at Red Bank.
“In a meeting with Coach Grabowski on Friday, we communicated with him that we have decided to make a change in our head football coaching position. We appreciate everything Coach Grabowski has done for the Red Bank High School football program, but we feel it is in the best interest of the program and Red Bank High to make a change at this time,” Red Bank Principal Elaine Harper said.
In his four seasons at Red Bank, Grabowski posted a 29-20 record and got the Lion football program back on track as they made four Class 3A playoff appearances and the Lions made the 3A Semifinals losing to State champion Alcoa this season as they finished 11-3.
“Principal Harper called me in and told me that she wanted to take the football program in a different direction,” Grabowski said.
“Obviously I don’t agree with the decision but I’m proud of what we accomplished in my four years here and I wish the players nothing but the best moving forward.”
Red Bank won at least one playoff game in three of the four seasons under Grabowski (2014, 2016 and 2017), winning five playoff games in his tenure and the Lions also won back to back region titles and will enter the 2018 season with 10 straight region games.
Before coming to Red Bank, Grabowski was the head coach at Mt. Dora (FL) where he posted a 33-20 record in four seasons there and has a 62-40 overall coaching record.
There are 15 schools that are currently looking for a head coach they are: Cannon County, Chester County, Gibbs, Gordonsville, Grundy County, Halls, Humboldt, Houston, Jellico, Kingsbury, Memphis East, Scott, Upperman, Red Bank and Volunteer
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