Cedrick Wilson is coming back home to Orange Mound to coach his alma mater.
After spending the 2018 season as the head coach at Hamilton, Wilson has been hired as the head football coach at Melrose.
Wilson is hoping to bring stability to the program after the Golden Wildcats had two coaches last season as Ronald Davis was relieved of his coaching duties after six games and he was replaced by Sam Henderson who was named the interim head coach for the rest of the 2018 season.
“We will utilize the game of football to build unity among brothers, minimize the violence in our great community, inspire, motivate, as well as, educate our youth.
“I am not the savior, nor can one do it alone, because it takes a village to raise a child,” Wilson said.
Wilson graduated from Melrose in 1997 is one of the few players to win a state title in high school at Melrose (1996), a National Championship title in college at Tennessee (1998) and an Super Bowl with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2005.
The Golden Wildcats finished the season with a 4-7 record as they lost to Covington in the first round of the Class 3A playoffs.
“I want to give thanks to Eddie Williams, Claudette Boyd and the entire Melrose High School Alumni Association for their persistent and relentless efforts and a special thanks to Melrose principal “The Boss” Mark Neal for having the nuts and guts it takes to employ “The Champ”, Wilson said.
Before taking over at Hamilton last year, Wilson has served as an assistant at both Douglass and White Station.
There are currently 18 programs looking for a head coach they are: Antioch, Bartlett, Cleveland, Collierville, East Hamilton, East Hickman, Hamilton, Hillcrest, Hillwood, Lipscomb Academy, Lookout Valley, Northeast, Northpoint Christian, Polk County, Stewarts Creek, Tellico Plains, Trousdale County and Westview
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