Cheatham County is turning its football program over to a familiar county face.
Gary Halstead, who has spent the last nine years coaching a myriad of sports including football, baseball and softball has been named the new head football coach at Cheatham County.
He replaces Dwayne Daniel who led the program on an interim basis in 2019 as the Cubs finished 2-8.
“I am very excited for this opportunity to become the next head football coach at Cheatham County Central High School. I want to thank Principal Mr. Steve Wenning and Coach/Athletic Director Jeremy Boyd for entrusting me with their football program. I can’t wait to get started with the young men at Cheatham County Central. I know this county is blessed with some hard-nosed football players who just need guidance and fundamental coaching to be successful on the field and in the classroom,” Halstead said.
Halstead was an assistant football coach at Cheatham County back in 1997 before going to Sycamore high school in 1998.
He was an assistant football coach at Sycamore for six seasons (1998-2003) before becoming the head coach in 2004.
Under Halstead’s leadership, Sycamore posted a 38-37 overall record in his seven seasons as head coach (2004-10) and the War Eagles made two Class 3A playoff appearances in 2006 and 2008.
Sycamore finished 9-4 and made the 3A Quarterfinals losing to Pearl Cohn in 2006 and was 7-5 in 2008, losing in the second round.
“During my coaching career, I have been mentored by many outstanding coaches, including Coach Ralph Spangler. I will use this opportunity to share what I have learned with these athletes and coaches. As I look around the county school system, there are many current coaches in various sports that I had the privilege to coach as high school players. It will continue to be a fun experience coaching with them and against them.”
“This is a trip back home to where my Tennessee coaching career began. It is my hope to restore the Cubs football program to the success it has known in the past,” Halstead said.
Currently there are 11 schools looking for a head coach they are: Fairley, Fayette Academy, First Assembly Christian, Harding Academy, Hickman County, Silverdale, Southwind, Tipton Rosemark, Volunteer, Whites Creek and York Institute
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