Justin Cruse is ready to work hard to get the Ripley football program back on course again.
On Friday, Cruse who served as the Defensive coordinator at his Alma mater Westview last year was announced as the new Ripley head football coach.
He replaces Wade Vandergriff who was let go after the season.
Cruse, 28 will have a lot of work to do as the Tigers are 16-44 since the 2011 season and are coming off a 2-8 season.
The last winning season and playoff appearance came back in 2010 as the Tigers made the second round of the Class 4A playoffs and finished the season 8-4.
“I am extremely excited about this opportunity and I am ready to get Ripley football back to success on the football field. The administration is very supportive and have been great to me and my family in this process. My wife and two daughters are excited about starting a new chapter in our young family’s lives,” Cruse said.
Before going back to Westview, Cruse served as the Defensive coordinator at Dresden for two seasons (2014-15) and also served as the head baseball coach as well.
Cruse will also bring Blake Stigall to serve as the Tiger offensive coordinator as well.
“I played ball with Blake and coached beside him so I know he will be a big help in this rebuilding process. We are gonna focus on doing the little things right and we believe that will lead to the big things falling into place. I want to work towards getting the community involved and excited about Ripley football,” Cruse said.
There are currently 12 programs looking for a head coach they are: Northpoint Christian, Ravenwood, Hillsboro, Middle College, Morristown West, Whitwell, Clarksville Northeast, Rossview, Creek wood, Grace Christian Academy, Brainerd and Loretto.
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