After being an assistant coach at Daniel Boone last season, Josh Hensley is headed back to Cherokee as he was announced as the new head coach of the Chiefs program.
“We are extremely thankful to be able to bring in Coach Hensley. Not only do we believe he is an outstanding football coach, but he is an even better person. It was very important to us that we found a coach that understood our culture and our kids and Josh fits that perfectly. I know he is excited and ready to be the head coach of our football program and I look forward to seeing how our program will grow under his leadership,” Cherokee Principal David Kenner said.
Hensley replaces Jason Lawson who was named the interim head coach for the 2020 season after Cody Baugh resigned in late July to take the Offensive Coordinator job at Greeneville.
“I would like to thank my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ for blessing me with the opportunity to be the Head Football Coach at Cherokee High School. I would like to thank my beautiful wife Stephanie and my daughter Hollyn for their continued love and support through this entire process, my parents and brother for molding me into the man I am, and the rest of my loving and supportive family. I would also like to thank David Kenner for entrusting me with this amazing opportunity,” Hensley said.
The Chiefs finished the year 2-7 and Hensley will become the sixth coach at Cherokee since the school was built in 1980 after Rogersville and Bulls Gap consolidated.
Hensley will return to Cherokee after serving as the offensive line coach for the Chiefs (2016-19).
“My family and I are so blessed to be back as a part of the Cherokee football program and Rogersville community. I look forward to working and rebuilding relationships with the young men of this program. I believe I bring a sense of passion, energy, and stability to this football program, and I look forward to putting my hand to the plow and getting this program moving in the right direction. I am truly blessed to call Cherokee my home again. I look forward to molding these players into becoming great men, sons, husbands, and fathers of this community,” Hensley said.
He also had assistant coaching stints at Jefferson County (2015) and Volunteer (2012-14) and started his coaching career at Church Hill Middle school in 2009.
Currently eight schools in Arlington, Cumberland Gap, Franklin, Lakeway Christian, MTCS, Northwest, Sycamore and Tyner are looking for a head coach.
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