Scotty Dykes is coming home to Newport.
Dykes, a 1989 Cocke County graduate has been tabbed as the new head football coach at his Alma mater.
“The opportunity to come home doesn’t come around every day and when it does you have to answer the call,” Dykes said.
“I’m really excited about coming home and going full circle and I can’t wait to get started.”
He replaces Caleb Slover who recently resigned and took the Morristown East job.
Despite an overall record of just 18-44 in Slover’s six seasons at Cocke County is coming off a 7-4 season in which they were defeated in the first round of the Class 5A playoffs to state champion Knoxville Central.
Cocke County had an 11-10 combined record the last two seasons and the seven wins are the most wins in a season at Cocke County since 1996.
Dykes comes back to Newport after spending the last five years as the offensive coordinator at Hardin Valley.
Before going to Hardin Valley, Dykes had coaching stops at Harriman (2003-10) and two different stints at Austin East (2000-01 and 2011-12) as well.
Dykes played at Cocke County from 1985-88 and then played his college football at ETSU.
There are currently nine programs looking for a head coach they are: Bolivar, Bolton, Germantown, Glencliff, Hardin Valley, Manassas, MLK Prep, RePublic and Seqouyah
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