Jellico’s Wild Offseason continues as coach resigns after only 12 days on job

Jellico’s Wild Offseason continues as coach resigns after only 12 days on job

Michael Croley was named the new head coach at Jellico on June 30.

His coaching tenure at Jellico lasted only 12 days as he has resigned, opening the job for the third time since March.

“Recommended head football coach Michael Croley at Jellico High School decided not to complete the application process after being offered the job. Coach Croley felt that at this point in his life that this position would require more effort than he realized. Jellico high school will name a new head football coach as soon as possible,” Jellico principal Donna Singley said.

Croley was hired to replace Steve Smith who resigned a month ago to become the quarterback and running backs coach at Union County.

Smith was promoted to head coach from defensive coordinator in March replacing Dustin Buckner who resigned to become an assistant at Corbin (KY) high school after leading the program the last three seasons.

The Blue Devils are coming off their first playoff appearance since 2004 as they lost to Oliver Springs in the first round of Class 1A playoffs.

Croley is a Kentucky coaching veteran of 27 years and was the head coach at three different Kentucky schools Owen County, Grant County and Bellevue and has a 60-65 overall coaching record.

Dennis Therrell Resigns from Alma Mater Bledsoe County
After just one season back in his hometown, Dennis Therrell has resigned after just one season at Bledsoe County.

Therrell, a 1973 Bledsoe County graduate led the Warriors to a Class 2A playoff appearance last season as they went 4-7 losing to Trousdale County in the first round.

Before coming back to Pikeville last July to take over the Warrior program, spent 28 years coaching in college while coaching three seasons in the United Football League (2010-12) as an assistant for the Las Vegas Locos.


“Yes he did, no time is good to lose a coach but we have a good group of assistants that are focused on the kids until we can get someone in place,” Bledsoe County Athletic Director Jason Reel said.

He was also the defensive coordinator at Calloway County (KY) last season and in 2015 he was an assistant coach in Major League Football (MLFB) which was going to be a eight team developmental league for the NFL but the league was scrapped shortly after their draft in early 2016.

He started his coaching career in high school back in 1979 as he was the defensive coordinator at Campbell County before becoming the defensive backs coach at Rhea County for three seasons (1980-82).

Therrell started his college coaching career as a graduate assistant at Tennessee (1983-84) before landing his first college job at MTSU (1985-87) coaching defensive ends under Boots Donnelly.

He then became the defensive coordinator at Lock Haven University (PA) for three years (1987-89) before taking over the program as head coach in 1990.

His head coaching record at Lock Haven took a hit as he posted a 13-52 record in seven seasons of leading the program.

Therrell left Lock Haven and had successful stints as a defensive coordinator at Illinois State (1996-2000), United States Military Academy (2000-04), Murray State (2004-06, 2013-14) and UNLV (2007-2010).

Currently Bledsoe County and Jellico are currently the only schools looking for a head coach.

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