The interim head football coaching tag for the 2020 season was just that for Cherokee’s Jason Lawson.
Former head coach Cody Baugh resigned to be the Greeneville Offensive Coordinator in late July and Cherokee named Lawson as the interim head coach for the 2020 season with the intention of opening the job up after the season to get a full coaching search and that’s what will be done according to Cherokee principal David Kenner.
“We are going to leave the position open until at least December 5th as my plan is to look at all the candidates the week of December 6th through 12th and then set up interviews for the week of December 14th through the 17th,” Kenner said.
“My hope is to have chosen a candidate by the end of that week. However, as you know, with this pandemic looming over us it may take longer than I anticipate to complete this process.”
The Chiefs went 2-7 this year under Lawson who also serves as the head girls basketball coach for the last eight seasons.
Before coming back to serve as the interim head football coach this year, Lawson spent 10 years 10 as a football assistant under former longtime Chief coach Mike Sivert.
“We are looking for a proven coach, but they do not have to have head coaching experience. I want someone who wants to see kids succeed academically and socially as well as athletically. I want a candidate that is willing to invest time energy into our community and the football program to see it continue to grow. I honestly feel that we can and will be competitive with the students that we receive from our middle school programs. Our community has always supported our athletics to its fullest extent. They will join us in welcoming our new head coach and fully supporting him and his family,” Kenner said.
Currently nine schools in Cherokee, Knoxville Grace, Humboldt, Mt. Pleasant, Portland, Sevier County, Smith County, Summertown and Tyner are looking for a head coach.
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