After making Greeneville a dominant force in Class 4A and on the Tennessee football landscape the last decade, Caine Ballard has resigned as head football coach at Greeneville to spend more time with his family.
Ballard’s son Cade is a two time Class 4A Mr. Football Finalist and has signed to play college football at Army and Caine and his family are wanting to follow Cade’s football career at Army.
“Through the relationships I’ve developed with players, coaches and our community throughout the years I was able to discover my life’s purpose of being a football coach. Thank you to our administration, school board, and principals for believing in me and giving me the opportunity to lead the Greene Devil Football Program for so many years,” Caine Ballard said.
Ballard will stay on as a teacher and will continue in his role aa assistant athletic director at Greeneville.
The success that Greeneville has had the last decade under Ballard is staggering as the Greene Devils posted a 119-15 overall record, made five 4A state games (2009, 2010, 2011, 2017 and 2018), winning four of them (2010, 2011, 2017 and 2018) and Greeneville won 31 playoff games in Ballard’s tenure as head coach.
The Greene Devils will go into the 2019 season with back to back 4A state titles and the state’s longest winning streak at 30 games.
Greeneville have also won 73 straight region games dating back to 2007 (last loss to Daniel Boone 14-0) which is second longest region winning streak in the state (Maryville, 124).
In fact, Ballard was 60-0 against region opponents in his tenure as Greene Devil head coach.
“Besides winning many games, Coach Ballard has also done a tremendous job in being a great mentor and leader to not only his players, but all GHS students and student-athletes. He has not only led the teams to championships, but the life lessons he has taught, along with his staff, will carry throughout their lives in all they do and become,” Greeneville principal Patrick Fraley said in a school press release.
“Coach Ballard has been and will continue to be valued member of the faculty at GHS as he backs away from the game that he has invested his time, heart, soul, and dedication to. We sincerely wish him the best as he is afforded the opportunity to spend more time with his wonderfully supportive family. To Coach Ballard, we all at GHS and the entire Greene Devil Family say thank you for all you have done to help prepare these young people for the game and for life.”
Greeneville wide receivers coach Adam Hansel has been named the interim head coach until the position is filled as Hansel has does not want to be the head coach and the position has been posted immediately, with screenings and interviews beginning quickly, with hopes of having a new coach in place as soon as possible according to the press release.
“While we are certainly sad to see Coach Caine Ballard step down from his position as head football coach of the Greene Devils, we are very thankful for his outstanding commitment to excellence throughout his tenure. He has certainly taken our football program to new heights and has exemplified the attributes of a true champion. We want to express our sincere appreciation and gratitude to him for his dedication and for caring so deeply for the many student athletes who will be forever impacted by his leadership. We wish him well in his future endeavors and look forward to him continuing in his role as teacher and assistant athletics director at Greeneville High School,” Greeneville City Schools Director Steve Starnes said.
There are currently 18 programs looking for a head coach they are: Antioch, Bartlett, Cleveland, Collierville, East Hamilton, East Hickman, Greeneville, Hillcrest, Hillwood, Lipscomb Academy, Nashville Overton, Northeast, Northpoint Christian, Polk County, Stewarts Creek, Tellico Plains, Trousdale County and Waverly
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