Two months after Marty Wheeler left Covington to take over the Cleveland football program, Covington didn’t have to look far for his replacement.
Charger offensive coordinator J.R.Kirby who has been running the football program since Wheeler left has been named the new head coach at Covington.
It will be the second head coaching job for Kirby who served as the Munford head coach for two seasons (2014-15) and led the Cougars to a 15-7 overall record and two Class 5A playoff appearances.
“I first would like to thank Principal McClain and Athletic Director Bounds for trusting me with being the new leader of Covington Football. My family and I are so excited to continue call ourselves Chargers,” Kirby said.
“We have a great community here and a great football tradition and my goal is to continue the success we’ve had here and continue to build a strong relationship with our community. Again I would like to reiterate how grateful I am to the new head football coach at Covington.”
Kirby has served as the Charger offensive coordinator the last two seasons which Covington has two 3A runner up appearances and an overall record of 27-3, losing to Alcoa both seasons, Covington finished 14-1 in 2018.
This is Kirby’s third tenure at Covington as he started his coaching career at Covington back in 2006 and then came back to the Charger coaching staff in 2010 and was the offensive coordinator until 2012.
He left Covington the first time moving over to Ripley for two seasons (2007 and 2008) as the Defensive Coordinator while also serving as the head football coach at Lauderdale Middle school.
He became the Defensive Coordinator at Haywood County in 2009 before coming back to Covington in 2010.
Before taking the Munford job, Kirby was the special teams coordinator at Crockett County in 2013 and after leaving Munford he served as the offensive coordinator in 2016 at Crockett County.
There are currently 11 programs looking for a head coach they are: Bolton, Cloudland, Coffee County, East Robertson, Hamilton, Kenwood, Manassas, McMinn Central, Morristown East, Seymour and White Station
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