After four seasons as the head football coach at Cherokee high school, Cody Baugh is heading back to his Alma mater Greeneville. Baugh has resigned as head coach at Cherokee and will be the new Offensive Coordinator at Greeneville under first year head coach Eddie Spradlen.
“I am thankful for the opportunity that Cherokee gave me four years ago. I needed to step away from being a head coach. I have three little ones that are growing up very fast, and I need to maximize the time that I have with them. I am looking forward to my new opportunity at Greeneville, a place that is very familiar to me and my family,” Baugh said.
Cherokee administration wasted little time and have promoted Jason Lawson as the interim head coach for the 2020 season.
“Jason will be the Interim Head coach for this year and then we plan to post the position and take applications,” Cherokee Principal David Kenner said.
“Jason coached for 10 years as an assistant under our long time Head Coach Mike Sivert. He has led our girls basketball program for the last seven years. Jason is an extremely hard worker and will lead our football program with great integrity. I have full confidence that he will continue to build our football program and his players will respond positively to him.”
Baugh led the Chiefs to two playoff appearances (2016 and 2019) in his four seasons at Cherokee as their overall record was 18-24.
Cherokee made the Class 4A playoffs in 2016, losing to Knoxville Catholic in the first round and the Chiefs are coming off a 6-5 season as they lost to South Doyle in the first round of the 5A playoffs last season.
Baugh is a 2003 Greeneville high graduate and this will be his second coaching tenure at Greeneville.
Before getting the Cherokee job, Baugh taught and was the offensive coordinator at Greeneville as well as the head baseball coach at both Greeneville high school and Greeneville middle school.
In Baugh’s first tenure at Greeneville, the Greene Devils won 102 games, made three Class 4A state title games (2009, 2010 and 2011) winning the state title in 2010 and 2011.
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