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March 07, 2021

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Coaching and Recruiting Update

Coaching and Recruiting Update

While we wait to see when the 2020 high school football might be played here’s an update on three coaches that were head coaches statewide in 2019 and they will have a different role at different schools in 2020.

Daniel Hired as Cougar Defensive Coordinator

Dwayne Daniel who served as the interim head coach for Cheatham County for the 2019 season is the new defensive coordinator at Dickson County under first year head coach Greg Burns.

The Cubs finished 2-8 in Daniel’s one year as head coach and they will go into the 2020 season with a one game winning streak.

“It was a good opportunity to get someone with experience and a guy who shares my vision and direction for the program going forward,” Burns said.

“He comes in with a new perspective and a strong desire to get this program back to respectability and  I wanted to bring in as many guys as possible that understood the need for change and Dwayne fits that perfectly.”

Daniel had been on Cheatham County’s staff and coaching defensive backs and wide receivers since 2016.

He started his coaching career in 2006 as he spent seven years at Dickson Middle school coaching defensive backs and wide receivers and then moved over to Creek Wood high school and was an assistant there for three years (2013-15) before coming to Cheatham County.

Williams to Coordinate Golden Wildcats Defense

*Longtime Memphis area coach Edgar Williams has been hired as the new defensive coordinator at Melrose.

Williams spent the last four seasons as the head coach at Memphis Overton and the Wolverines posted a 7-33 record as they finished 1-9 this season.

“It’s an honor to have Coach Edgar Williams join us at  Melrose high school,” Melrose head coach Cedrick Wilson said.


“Coach Williams brings tons of experience, credibility and stability to our already young and vibrant defensive coaches staff. Im looking for him to provide an extreme since of urgency to the developments of our young defensive coaching staff.”


Before becoming the head coach at Overton, he served as the defensive coordinator at Overton for seven years (2010-16).


He also was an assistant coach at Germantown (2000-03) and Sheffield (2004-08) before coming to Overton.


Murphree To Coach Siegel Linebackers

Randy Murphree will step back and coach linebackers at Siegel under first year Stars coach Adam Renshaw.


Murphree spent the last four seasons as the head coach at Dickson County and the Cougars are coming off a 1-9 season in 2019.


Siegel is also coming off a 1-9 season but the Stars enter the year with a new head coach and a one game winning streak.


“Really excited about Coach Murphree joining our staff.  He loves kids and is a dang good ball coach.  He adds a ton of 6A football experience to our staff and is the kind of man you want coaching your kid,” Renshaw said.


Before taking over the Cougar program, Murphree served as an assistant at Dickson County for 12 years (2004-15).

Murphee also served as the head football coach at Hickman County for four seasons (1998-2001) and led the Bulldogs to a playoff appearances in 1998.


Fortner Twins Commit To Army

Twin brothers Kalib and Liam Fortner’s parents both served in the military.

And so will Kalib and Liam as the twin brothers who helped lead Knoxville Central to their second straight Class 5A state title in 2019 have both committed to Army.

“Kalib and Liam have both worked tremendously hard in the classroom, on the field, and in the weight room to prepare themselves for this opportunity. As their coach I am extremely proud of how they represent our Bobcat family and excited for how they will represent their country as Cadets for Army football,” Bobcat coach Nick Craney said.


Kalib Fortner (6-1, 215) paced the Bobcat defense as he made  109 tackles which included 33 tackles for loss, made nine sacks, eight quarterback hurries, intercepted two passes, had a fumble recovery and forced a fumble in 2019.


Liam Fortner, (6-2, 195) was an offensive weapon as he caught 48 catches for 640 yards and six touchdowns.


Army continues to recruit well in the Volunteer state as the Fortners will join fellow Tennessee in state players as the following are on the current roster in quarterback Cade Ballard (Greeneville), running back Colton Dooley (Nolensville), defensive back Jason Longwell (Clarksville) and kicker Landon Salyers (Dobyns Bennett).


Tulane Gets Commitment From Hillsboro DB

Tulane has come into Tennessee and grabbed another in state commitment as Hillsboro defensive back Kolby Phillips has committed to the Green Wave.


Phillips (6-0, 175) becomes the seventh Tulane commitment in the Class of 2021 and joins MUS defensive back Roderic Lewis as Green Wave in state commitments.


Phillips chose the Green Wave over Austin Peay, Coastal Carolina, Eastern Michigan, Indiana, Kansas, Liberty, South Carolina and Western Kentucky.


The following 28 players have committed in the Class of 2021 they are: Knoxville Central linebacker Kalib Fortner (Army), Knoxville Central wide receiver Liam Fortner (Army), Hillsboro defensive back Kolby Phillips (Tulane), Bradley Central athlete Javin Burke (Virginia), Henry County defensive back Jawon Odoms (Memphis), Ensworth linebacker Bryce Edmondson (Memphis), Hardin County tight end Hudson Wolfe (Tennessee), MUS defensive back Roderic Lewis (Tulane), McCallie offensive lineman Austin Gentle (Harvard), McCallie offensive lineman Jack Gentle (Harvard), Brentwood Academy defensive end James Stewart (Memphis),  Pearl Cohn athlete Kyndrich Breedlove (Ole Miss), Nolensville defensive end Grant Reeder (Davidson), DeKalb County tight end Evan Jones (Tennessee Tech), Ravenwood linebacker Junior Colson (Michigan), Ridgeway safety Brandon Warner (Memphis), White Station defensive back Greg Rubin (Memphis), Pope John Paul II running back Antwan Roberts (Wisconsin),  The King’s Academy offensive lineman J’Marion Gooch (Auburn), Father Ryan quarterback D.C. Tabscott (Appalachian State), Alcoa defensive end Grey Carroll (Georgia Tech), Brentwood wide receiver Walker Merrill (Tennessee), Ravenwood tight end Jake Briningstool (Clemson), Ensworth safety Andre Turrentine (Ohio State), Brentwood Academy offensive lineman Eli Sutton (North Carolina), Cane Ridge wide receiver Adonai Mitchell (Ole Miss), Baylor running back Elijah Howard (Tennessee) and MUS tight end Gavin McKay (Missouri).


Contact Donovan at donovans1222@gmail.com and follow him on Twitter at Examine_Stew



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