After starting the varsity football program at Nolensville high school in 2016 and taking the Knights to the Class 4A playoffs in 2017 in their first varsity season, Will Hester has resigned as head football coach and athletic director at the newest school in Williamson County and has been named the new head football coach at Florence (AL) high school.
Nolensville then wasted no time and have also announced that defensive coordinator Paul Derrick has been promoted to head coach of the Knights program.
Nolensville hired Hester in December 2015 to start the program from scratch as the school opened its doors in August 2016.
The Knights played a seven game junior varsity schedule going undefeated and they also played a varsity contest losing to South Gibson in 2016.
This season, Knights finished 4-8 on the year but not only made the playoffs in their first varsity season but they also won a playoff game defeating Livingston Academy 21-14 in the 4A first round before losing to Maplewood 26-21 in the second round.
Before coming to Nolensville, Hester with Derrick as his Defensive Coordinator led Ravenwood to a 38-4 record and a back to back 14-1 records as they made back to back Class 6A state title game appearances (2014 and 2015) as the Raptors won the state title in 2015.
Before taking over the Ravenwood program, Hester (has a 51-33 overall record) was the head football coach at LaVergne high school for three seasons (2007-09) and was the defensive coordinator at his Alma mater Brentwood High from 2010 to 2012. After graduating from Tennessee Tech, he started his coaching career at Upperman before going to Siegel and LaVergne.
This will be Derrick’s first head coaching job as he was with Hester at both Nolensville and Ravenwood.
He played college football at Austin Peay and was a graduate assistant in 2007 and also coached defensive backs at Austin Peay in 2011-12 and he also coached at his alma mater Father Ryan (2009-2010).
“We are excited to announce that the new Nolensville High School football coach will be Paul Derrick,” Nolensville principal Bill Back in said.
“His work ethic, energy, and passion for the game are high as is his rapport with the athletes and He worked tirelessly as one of the original staff members to build the Nolensville football program from scratch, and this past year, he helped lead our team to a second round playoff victory without a senior class. He is the perfect fit to carry on the key traits of quality coaching, relationship building, and leadership that we value for our football team and Nolensville High School as a whole.”
There are 13 schools that are currently looking for a head coach they are: Cannon County, Chester County, Gibbs, Grundy County, Halls, Humboldt, Houston, Jellico, Kingsbury, Memphis East, Scott, Upperman and Volunteer.
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