Dan Hammonds has been handed the keys to the Greeneville football program.
Hammonds who has been on the Greeneville staff a total of 14 years was named the new Greeneville coach on Thursday.
He replaces Caine Ballard who resigned last month after leading the Greene Devils to back to back Class 4A state titles.
“I’m honored to be able to continue to serve this community, our school, our student athletes and this football program in the capacity of head football coach. This has been a program built by the work of many people and we look to being able to continue that success both on and off the field,” Hammonds said.
The Greene Devils under Ballard posted a 119-15 overall record, made five 4A state games (2009, 2010, 2011, 2017 and 2018), winning four of them (2010, 2011, 2017 and 2018) and Greeneville won 31 playoff games in his tenure as head coach.
The Greene Devils will go into the 2019 season with back to back 4A state titles and the state’s longest winning streak at 30 games.
Greeneville have also won 73 straight region games dating back to 2007 (last loss to Daniel Boone 14-0) which is second longest region winning streak in the state (Maryville, 124).
“Since Jan 18th, when we started this process, the committee has been focused on finding the correct person to carry on the success of our program in its entirety. Factoring in the academic, character development, leadership and athletic sides of the equation, we feel that we have accomplished this with the hiring of Dan,” Greeneville principal Patrick Fraley said.
“He has served our community, school and players for many years and has a very good grasp on what that culture entails. The process was very thorough and I am sure, quite exhausting for the candidates, we have the utmost confidence that Coach Hammonds is ready, willing and able to keep moving the Greene Devils forward toward continued success.”
Besides coaching at Greeneville, Hammonds a Cocke County graduate coached under his uncle Benny Hammonds at Gatlinburg Pittman.
There are currently 13 programs looking for a head coach they are: Bolton, Cloudland, Covington, East Robertson, Hamilton, Manassas, Morristown East, Nashville Overton, Northeast, Tellico Plains, Warren County, White Station and Whitwell
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