After two seasons at Volunteer high school, Justin Pressley is heading to Strawberry Plains.
“Carter High School is happy to welcome Coach Justin Pressley and his family to our Hornet Family. Coach Pressley will join us on campus as our Head Football Coach and Physical Education Teacher,” Carter Principal Angie Messer said.
Pressley, 32, has been hired as the new head football coach at Carter high school replacing Scott Meadows who left after one season to take the Pigeon Forge job.
“My wife and I are extremely excited for the opportunity to lead the Carter football program. The chance to lead a program with a rich athletic tradition and be near our entire family is one we could not pass up. We are leaving a group of amazing kids behind in Volunteer who we will miss dearly. The Church Hill community will hold a special place in our heart and it was amazing to build and grow the Volunteer football culture over the past two years,” Pressley said.
The Hornets are coming off a 3-7 record in their only season under Meadows.
“The Carter administration has been wonderful throughout this process. Mrs. Messer has an elite vision for the school both academically and athletically. We are thrilled to be Hornets and we can’t wait to get started,” Pressley continued.
Volunteer improved both seasons under Pressley as they finished 4-6 this season and had a 7-14 record in his two seasons and the Falcons will go into the 2020 on a two game winning streak.
“I’m thankful to Jim Whalen and the Volunteer administration for the privilege to lead such great young men. Something great is happening at Volunteer with all athletic programs and it will be exciting to see their future success,” Pressley said.
Before coming to Volunteer, Pressley had success in four seasons at Lindblom Academy in Chicago, Illinois as he led the Eagles to a 20-9 overall record and two Class 5A playoff appearances in 2015 (first playoff appearance in 25 years) and 2017.
Pressley has an overall coaching record of 27-23 and started his coaching career at Siegel for two seasons (2012-13) before going to Pearl Cohn in 2014.
Currently there are 17 schools looking for a head coach they are: Cheatham County, Douglass, Fairley, Harding Academy, Hixson, Liberty, Loretto, Knox. Central, Marion County, Red Boiling Springs, Silverdale, Southwind, Station Camp, Volunteer, Westview, Whites Creek and York Institute
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