Three months after DeLynn Cline resigned, Cumberland Gap have found the leader of the Panther football program.
“Our new head football coach is Brett McPherson and we are excited to bring him on board,” Cumberland Gap principal David Hamilton said.
It has been a weird COVID-19 pandemic football season for McPherson.
First because of the pandemic, Virginia didn’t play football last fall and instead are playing this spring.
The weird circumstances for McPherson started right before Christmas that he would not be retained past the 2021 season but the administration wanted him to led the team through the abbreviated season.
So far, McPherson has led Grayson County to a 3-3 record as they have their season finale upcoming Saturday.
McPherson led Grayson County to eight playoff appearances (2007, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2017 and 2018) and has an overall coaching record of 80-78 at Grayson County in his 15 years at the helm.
Before coming to Grayson County, McPherson had head coaching stints at William Monroe (VA) (2004-05) and at Eastern Montgomery (VA) for seven seasons (1997-2003) and his overall head coaching record is 115-131.
“I am very excited about the opportunity to be a part of the Cumberland Gap community and football program. Our goal will be to put the best possible product on the field with an emphasis on character and a great work ethic. We want to give our players the best possible experience and I am looking forward to the challenges ahead,” McPherson said.
He replaces Cline who had two separate head coaching tenures at Cumberland Gap.
Now Cline will focus on his jobs at the Claiborne County Central Office.
The Panthers finished 4-7 this season as they made the Class 2A playoffs losing to South Greene in the first round and his overall head coaching record at Cumberland Gap and Powell Valley was 97-97.
McPherson is the fourth coach that will lead the Cumberland Gap program before Powell Valley consolidated with Forge Ridge to make Cumberland Gap in 2003 joining Cline (2003-06, 2017-20), Neal Pucciarelli (2007-12) and Corey Russell (2013-16)
Cumberland Gap will play the 2021 season in a new region as they will be in the four-team region 1-2A with Hampton, Happy Valley and South Greene.
Currently nine schools in Brainerd, Goodpasture, Hillsboro, KIPP Academy, Knoxville Catholic, Maplewood, Northwest, Obion County and Zion Christian are looking for a head coach.
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