It was all about timing for Chad Tate.
He was being stretched thin since he was pulling double duty as the head football coach and Athletic Director at Grainger high school, so something had to give.
Tate has resigned as head football coach after eight seasons and will concentrate on being the Grizzlies Athletic Director, a role he has done the last four years.
“It was a tough decision but one that was just about timing for me. It was such a blessing to be the head coach at Grainger. It has been awesome and I’m proud of what we have accomplished both on and off the field,” Tate said.
“There are so many people to thank but most importantly the players, coaches, and my family for their sacrifice and commitment to the program. I will continue to serve as AD and I will always love Grainger football.”
Despite a losing record at 41-44 overall record, Tate led the Grizzlies to five Class 4A playoff appearances (2013, 2016, 2017, 2019 and 2020).
Grainger has finished 6-5 the last two seasons and lost to Anderson County in the first round this season and the best record under Tate was 7-4 back in 2017.
The Grizzlies are 0-7 in the playoffs since being renamed Grainger high school in 2008 as the school was known as Rutledge high school before 2008.
Before becoming the head coach at Grainger in 2013, he was an assistant coach under current Grainger principal Mark Briscoe for five years (2008-12) and at Rutledge for seven years (2001-07).
Currently eight schools in Cumberland Gap, Franklin, Grainger, Lakeway Christian, MTCS, Northwest, Sycamore and Tyner are looking for a head coach.
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