Darren Bowling is trading one big job for another.
Bowling who led Union City to four state titles and 116-38 record in 12 seasons has resigned and has accepted the head coaching job at Olive Branch (MS).
“God has a plan for me and I knew it’d be a tough call when I truly gave into looking at this decision ,” he said after informing Union City School officials that he was resigning his head football coaching duties to take a similar job at Olive Branch (Miss.) High School. “I’ve really felt Him tugging at my heart the last couple of years though,” Bowling said via school press release.
“Some day I feel like I’ll be able to look back and truly understand. Right now, I believe it’s just the best decision for me and my family and our needs.”
His overall coaching record is 223-100 with head coaching tenures at Obion County (2003-06) and Dyersburg (2007) as well as Indianola Academy (1998-2001) in Mississippi.
He replaces Tyler Turner, a former player of Bowling’s at Obion County as Turner is now the head coach at Goodpasture.
Turner led the Conquistadors to a 33-8 overall record and three playoff appearances in two different classifications (Class 5A in 2017 and 2018 and 6A in 2019).
Olive Branch are coming off a 9-4 record in which they lost in the second round of the 6A playoffs.
In his time at Union City, Bowling turned the Golden Tornadoes into a juggernaut as they were 4-0 in state titles games winning Class 1A state titles in 2009, 2013 and 2014 and a 2A state title in 2017.
“Darren Bowling is not just a good football coach. He’s good people,” Union City Director of Schools Wes Kennedy said. “He’s cared about our kids and he’s focused as much on their character as he has on football-playing abilities and wins and losses. The direction he’s provided our football program has been priceless.
“Darren Bowling was not only an excellent football coach during his time at Union City High School, but he also helped build great character among the young men in our program. “His legacy will not only be in the championships and games won, but also the life lessons he taught through football.”
The Golden Tornadoes made the Quarterfinal round seven times (2009, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017 and 2018) and won 10 games or more seven times (2008, 2009, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017) as well under Bowling.
Union City are coming off a 7-5 season in 2019 as they lost in the second round of the 2A playoffs.
Currently there are 11 schools looking for a head coach they are: Dickson County, Fairley, Fayette Academy, First Assembly Christian, Harding Academy, Hickman County, Silverdale, Tipton Rosemark, Union City, Whites Creek and York Institute
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