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Cleveland Names Wheeler as head coach

Cleveland Names Wheeler as head coach


After a decade of success at Covington where he led the Chargers to three state championship games, Marty Wheeler is ready for the challenge at Cleveland.


Wheeler has been named the new head football coach at Cleveland replacing Scott Cummings who resigned last month to take the Knoxville Halls job.


“Coach Wheeler is a coach who brings extreme passion balanced with hard work and character. His opponents describe him as a fierce competitor and hard to beat,” Cleveland Principal Autumn O’Bryan said. She also adds “I believe he will be a perfect fit to lead our young men. We are thrilled to welcome him, his wife Danielle, and their daughters, Keaton and Kale, to the Blue Raider Family.”


Cleveland is coming off a 4-6 season in which they lost to Farragut in the first round of the Class 6A playoffs.


“I want to thank Dr. Dyer, Mrs. OBryan, and Coach Turner for this opportunity. I feel like Cleveland is truly a special place. I’m excited about being a part of Raider Nation and can’t wait to meet our team,” Wheeler said.

Wheeler led Covington to a 4A state final appearance in 2012 and back to back 3A state final appearances in 2017 and 2018.


He posted a 85-39 record in his 10 seasons at Covington and the Chargers made the playoffs eight times in his tenure.


Wheeler has an overall coaching record of 106-60 as he also led Pickens (GA) to a 7-4 record and a playoff appearance back in 2005 and led Ripley for three seasons as well (2006-08) as they posted a 14-17 record and the Tigers made a 3A playoff appearance in 2007.


“We are extremely excited for Coach Wheeler to join our team at Cleveland High School. He has a tremendous energy and passion for the game of football. His strength in coaching is definitely his ability to build meaningful relationships with his players. Coach Wheeler has maintained a high level of success over his coaching career that will translate to our football program at CHS,” Cleveland Athletic Director David Turner said.


There are currently 20 programs looking for a head coach they are: Antioch, Bolton, Collierville, Covington, East Hamilton, East Hickman, East Robertson, Greeneville, Halls, Hamilton, Hillcrest, Hillwood, Nashville Overton, Northeast, Northpoint Christian, Polk County, St. Benedict, Tellico Plains, Trousdale County and Waverly


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