Hunters Lane has promoted Defensive Coordinator William Thomas to lead the Warrior football program.
“Hunters Lane is thrilled to announce William Thomas as our new head football coach. Hunters Lane had many candidates to choose from, but Coach Thomas had the ability to combine his experience working as the defensive coordinator for the Warriors for the past two years with his strong teaching prowess as an academic teacher in a way that quickly allowed him to ascend to the top among the interviewers,” Hunters Lane principal Susan Kessler said.
“I have no doubt that everyone will be able to witness the wide reach that Coach Thomas will be able to have on our athletes, football program and school as head football coach.”
Before coming to Hunters Lane, Thomas, 37, coached one season at Giles County, seven seasons at Sparkman (AL) high school and one season at Williams Middle School in Huntsville, Alabama.
“I’m incredibly grateful for the opportunity to coach our student-athletes at Hunters Lane. I think Coach Scott set a great foundation, and I am thankful for the opportunity he gave me to run the defense the last two seasons,” Thomas said. “I enjoy working with the student-athletes at Hunters Lane and look forward to creating a culture that will yield success on and off the field.”
He replaces Preston Scott who resigned to take an assistant coaches’ job at Stewarts Creek.
In Scott’s two seasons at Hunters Lane, the Warriors were competitive under Scott as they made the Class 5A playoffs in 2019 and were 3-3 and barely missed the playoffs.
The 2019 playoff appearance was the first appearance for the Warriors since 2009 when they made 6A playoffs.
Currently 10 schools in Brainerd, Cloudland, Cumberland Gap, Goodpasture, KIPP Academy, Maplewood, Northwest, Obion County, South Pittsburg and Zion Christian are looking for a head coach.
Oakland’s RB James Commits to UGA
Oakland running back Jordan James has committed to the Georgia Bulldogs.
James (5-10, 200) chose the Bulldogs over his other three finalists Alabama, Florida State and Tennessee.
He had 17 total offers that also included Florida, Louisville, Mississippi State, Missouri, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Penn State, Purdue, South Carolina, Toledo, Vanderbilt and Virginia Tech.
In his junior season with the Patriots, James rushed for 1,752 yards and scored 26 touchdowns to help lead Oakland to a perfect 15-0 season as he was named the Class 6A BlueCross Bowl MVP as he rushed for 226 yards and scored six touchdowns in their title win over Brentwood.
“Jordan’s a super talented running back while at the same time he’s a great teammate and we are so happy for him,” Patriot coach Kevin Creasy said.
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