Glen Ryan led Walker Valley to three playoff appearances in seven years and now he’s ready to move on.
Ryan has resigned his coaching position after finishing 1-19 the two previous seasons as the Mustangs were winless this season and will enter the 2019 season with a 13 game losing streak.
“Had some good times and some bad. The high was tying most wins in school history with seven and beating Oak Ridge for the first playoff win in school history, the low was only winning one game over past two seasons,” Ryan said.
“Our staff had more wins than any previous staff and I want to thank them for all their hard win they put in the last seven years.”
“It was time to move on for the good of the team and for myself, I would like to thank principal Nat Akiona and AD Mike Turner for their support and wish Walker Valley the very best.”
Ryan finished with a 27-48 record at Walker Valley and led the Mustangs to the Class 5A playoffs in 2012 and 2016 and the 6A playoffs in 2014.
The best season for the Mustangs was in 2016 as they finished 7-5 and beat Oak Ridge 35-27 for the school’s only playoff win as they have an 1-8 playoff record.
“It has been my great pleasure to work alongside Coach Glen Ryan for the past three years. Coach Ryan is a man of integrity and character who lives out the work ethic he expects of his staff and team. Coach Ryan has led our team to victories over our greatest rivalries in the area and has the highest winning percentage in the history of the school. I greatly admire Glen Ryan and appreciate all that he has done for the Walker Valley High School Community. He will be sorely missed,” Walker Valley principal Nat Akiona said.
Before becoming the head coach at Walker Valley, Ryan was the head coach at Soddy Daisy (1998-2003) and Munford (2004-08) as well.
He led the Trojans to four Class 5A playoff appearances (1998, 1999, 2001 and 2003) as he was 35-29 in his six seasons there as their best season was in 2003 as they finished 7-4.
He then moved to West Tennessee where he led Munford to back to back 4A playoff appearances in 2006 and 2007 with their best season being 2006 when they finished 8-4 and make the second round of the playoffs.
Ryan was 22-31 overall in his five seasons at Munford before coming to Walker Valley to be the offensive coordinator in 2009.
There are currently 13 programs looking for a head coach they are: Boyd Buchanan, Carter, Cumberland County, East Hickman, Fayetteville, Hillcrest, Hunters Lane, Smith County, Sweetwater, Tellico Plains, Walker Valley, Westview and White County
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