After three playoff seasons at Hillcrest, Lorenzo Barnes has resigned as head football coach but will stay on staff to teach.
The Vikings were 14-21 under Barnes leadership in three seasons but they made the playoffs every year in two different classifications (2A in 2016, 1A in 2017 and 2018).
Barnes, 27, took over the Hillcrest at the age of 24 and because of his age was very grateful for the opportunity at such a young age.
“I am thankful for Hillcrest giving me an opportunity to grow as a coach and make a difference in so many young men’s lives. It hasn’t always been the easiest coming into a school that no one gave two thoughts about and had a poor reputation on and off the field. Changing that mentality about Hillcrest football has been a priority everyday and with every interaction I have with my players, community and other coaches around the city,” Barnes said.
The Vikings finished 5-6 this season after losing to West Carroll 47-28 in the Class 1A playoffs last Friday.
In 2017, Barnes led the Vikings to an 8-5 record as they made the Quarterfinals for the first time since winning the Class AAA state championship back in 1985.
“The “we can compete with anybody “ mentality that the kids have developed in my short time here has been an amazing and a testimony of how hard the kids and football staff here at Hillcrest have worked. I am leaving a program that definitely has a bright future and a lot of success on the way,” Barnes said.
There are currently 10 programs looking for a head coach they are: Boyd Buchanan, Cumberland County, East Hickman, Fayetteville, Hillcrest, Hunters Lane, Sweetwater, Tellico Plains, Westview and White County
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