By DONOVAN STEWART
It was an opportunity that Richie Wessman couldn’t pass up.
Wessman has resigned at Ravenwood after just one season to become the head football coach for the Roma Grizzlies, a semi-pro team in Italy.
Ravenwood assistant coach Andrew Elrod has been tabbed as the interim head coach for the Raptors.
“It was a great year and there are tremendous people at Ravenwood and it is a very special place,” Wessman said.
“I will always fondly remember my time at the school and I know there will be a lot of success at Ravenwood moving forward. This is an opportunity of a lifetime for me and my wife to be near my family in Rome.”
Wessman replaced Will Hester last March. Hester, who led the Raptors to a Class 6A state title in 2015, left RHS to become the first athletic director and head football coach at Nolensville High School.
The Raptors went 7-6 this past season, finishing with a loss against Cordova in the Class 6A quarterfinals.
“Working closely with Coach Wessman, we were able to assemble a very impressive coaching staff this year,” Ravenwood principal Pam Vaden said. “We ended the season strong and we look forward to continuing in the same fashion this spring, under the direction of Coach Andrew Elrod as an interim coach. We will begin our search for a new head coach immediately. We sincerely wish Coach Wessman all the best in his new football coaching career.”
Before coming to Ravenwood, Wessman served as the recruiting coordinator and quarterbacks/wide receiver coach for Division II college University of Minnesota Crookston. He also served as a quality control coach for the Tennessee Titans.
There are currently 14 programs looking for a head coach they are: Ravenwood, Hillsboro, Whitwell, Clarksville Northeast, Rossview, Creek wood, Ripley, Grace Christian Academy, Glencliff, Carter, Unaka, ECS, Brainerd and Loretto.
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