Brent Peel wants to stabilize the Jellico football program after the chaotic season that the Blue Devils just went through.
Peel, who has served as the head football coach at Jacksboro Middle school the last four years has been named as the new head football coach at Jellico.
“Coach Peel will take over the Jellico High School Football Program effective immediately and he currently teaches Physical Education at Jacksboro Middle and will remain in that position as a classroom teacher,” Jellico Athletic Director Danny Oakes said.
“We feel that Coach Peel will bring stability to our program and bring us back to a competitive stage in football. Coach Peel will work hard to change the culture of Jellico Football and he will begin implementing that process from day one.”
Peel replaces Johnny Massengale who served as the interim head coach for the 2018 season and Peel will be the fifth coach for Jellico since last February.
The Blue Devil head coaching job originally came open last February when Dustin Buckner resigned to become an assistant at Corbin (KY) high school after leading the program for three seasons.
Then defensive coordinator Steve Smith was promoted in March to replace Buckner and that lasted until May when Smith resigned to become the quarterback and running backs coach at Union County.
Jellico then named Massengale as the interim head coach and that lasted until they agreed to hire Michael Croley but Croley never signed his contract and Massengale was named the interim in late July as the Blue Devils finished the season at 1-10.
Peel will have a lot of work to do as the Blue Devils enter the 2019 season with a seven game losing streak.
Peel has served as an assistant coach at Campbell County High school for 11 seasons (1986-96) before assisting the Jacksboro Middle school for a decade (2004-14) before taking over as head coach in 2015.
He had tremendous success at Jacksboro where he led the school to an undefeated 9-0 season and the TMSAA Class AAA Championship in 2017 and finished as the runner up in both 2015 and 2018.
There are currently 19 programs looking for a head coach they are: Antioch, Bartlett, Bledsoe County, Boyd Buchanan, Brighton, Carter, Cumberland County, East Hickman, Fayetteville, Gallatin, Hillcrest, Hunters Lane, Lipscomb Academy, Melrose, Northpoint Christian, Smith County, Tellico Plains, Walker Valley and Westview
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