Former Super Bowl winning quarterback Trent Dilfer was announced this afternoon as the new head football coach at Lipscomb Academy.
Dilfer, 46, played 14 seasons in the NFL for five different teams and was the starting quarterback for the Baltimore Ravens in 2000 when the Ravens won Super Bowl XXXV.
He will replace Scott Tillman who served as the head football coach at Lipscomb Academy the last six seasons (2013-18) compiling a 35-33 overall record and the Mustangs made six consecutive playoff appearances in three different classifications (2013 and 2014 in 3A, 2015 and 2016 in 4A and 2017 and 2018 in Division II-AA).
“My family and I are honored to be part of the Lipscomb community, and we believe that God has led us specifically to this community at this time,” said Dilfer. “The commitment Lipscomb Academy is making to build a premier football program is humbling and energizing but most importantly it’s foundation is in building players into servants of Christ. I am fully invested in using the vehicle of football to teach the young people in our program to chase their human potential relentlessly. We will be great in football and our football program will represent what is best in this great city of Nashville,” Dilfer said.
The Mustangs are coming off a 2-9 season as they lost to ECS 29-13 in the first round of the Division II-AA playoffs.
Dilfer was the No. 6 overall pick for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 1994 NFL Draft and played for Tampa Bay for six seasons (1994-99) before playing one season with Baltimore (2000).
He also played four seasons for the Seattle Seahawks (2001-04), one season for the Cleveland Browns (2005) and finished his career playing two seasons for the San Francisco 49ers (2006-07) as he passed for 20, 518 yards and 113 touchdowns and made the 1997 Pro Bowl in his pro career.
He played his college football at Fresno State (1991-93) and after his playing career was over, transitioned to Television work as an NFL analyst for the NFL Network in 2008, before leaving NFL Network for ESPN where he served as an NFL analyst for 10 years (2008-17).
“His experience gives him a unique knowledge not only of the game but also about how to develop players to pursue their goals as well. His experience along with his enthusiasm and love for students and his commitment to our mission will be beneficial as he leads this program,” said Roller. “We look forward to the way Coach Dilfer will lead this program, continue to build on its long success and to engage with those who have been a part of this program in years past,” Lipscomb Academy AD Mike Roller said.
There are currently 18 programs looking for a head coach they are: Antioch, Bartlett, Cleveland, Collierville, East Hamilton, East Hickman, East Robertson, Greeneville, Hillcrest, Hillwood, Nashville Overton, Northeast, Northpoint Christian, Polk County, Stewarts Creek, Tellico Plains, Trousdale County and Waverly
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