Stratford has made a coaching change as Jerrell Cogmon is out and has been replaced for the rest of the season by offensive coordinator Thomas Porter who has been promoted to interim head coach.
The coaching change took place three weeks ago as Cogmon was the Spartan head coach for the season opening loss to CPA and was replaced the next week as Porter has been running the program the last three weeks as the Spartans lost 16-13 to Hillsboro in week two and 27-14 to Father Ryan in week three.
The Spartans are coming off their first win of the season last week as they defeated Clarksville Northwest 41-14 as junior running back James Moore ran wild for 269 yards and scored three times in the win.
“After consulting with my Athletic Director, Business AD and Coach Cogmon we decided it was in the best interest of the program if someone else ran the program going forward and this would allow Coach Cogmon to pursue some things out of football,” Stratford principal Michael Steele said.
Cogmon was hired last April and led the Spartans to the Class 3A playoffs where they lost to Fairview in the first round.
Neither Steele or Cogmon will comment on what the separation was about and Cogmon doesn’t agree with Steele on how the firing went down.
“That is fake news. He won’t be able to manipulate this situation to his favor. I will allow MNPS to investigate this situation. I am confident that I will be reinstated within the coming weeks. I have assembled a great coaching staff and I have complete confidence that they will be able to get this team back on track until I return,” Cogmon said.
Before coming to Stratford, Cogmon was the offensive coordinator at Hillwood for two years in 2013-14 and served as the Special Teams Coordinator at Tennessee State for four seasons (2009-12) as well.
Cogmon also worked as the Special Teams Coordinator and Strength coach at North Dakota State College of Science in 2008.
He worked the first six years of his coaching career in his home state of Florida as his first job came at Tampa Bay Technical school in 2000 and 2001 as well as working at Freedom high school in 2002.
He became a head coach for the first time a year later as he was hired at Leto High for two years posting a 4-16 overall in two years at the helm.
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