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January 21, 2021

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Larry Kerr Resigns, Son Josh Takes over at Union County

Larry Kerr came out of retirement three years ago to take over the Union County football program.


He also brought his Josh along as his offensive coordinator and now three years later, Larry has resigned as head coach and Josh will now take over as the Patriot head coach.


“We are very excited about Josh taking over for Larry. What they have done here in the past few seasons has us very excited,” Union County Athletic Director Shane Brown said.


“Josh is exactly what we are looking for to keep this program going in the right direction. I want to thank Larry for all of his work in the past and I’m sure he will still be around to help Josh.”


In three seasons of leading the Patriot program, Larry Kerr posted a 13-18 overall record and the school’s first playoff appearance in 2018 since 2004.


The Patriots lost to Anderson County in the first round of the 2018 Class 4A playoffs.


Larry Kerr has a 281-130 overall record in previous stints at Lake City, Knoxville Halls (1981-1992) and Anderson County (1993-2008).


At Halls, Kerr was 98-34 and culminated in the Red Devils winning the 1986 Class AAA state title 17-15 over Germantown. Halls made three playoff appearances during his time there (1985, 1986 and 1992).


After leaving Halls, Kerr took over the Anderson County program and led the Mavericks to 10 playoff appearances (1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2007 and 2008), making the Semifinals in 1996 and twice to the Quarterfinals in 1994 and 2001.


Josh Kerr also has previous head coaching experience as he was the head coach at Clinton for six seasons (2011-16) and two seasons at White County in 2008-09.


Although his overall record at Clinton was just 18-44, he led the Dragons to back to back Class 5A playoff appearances in 2014 and 2015.


He led White County to the 5A playoffs in 2009 in his two seasons in Sparta.

Currently there are six schools looking for a head coach they are: Austin East, Fayette Ware, Sycamore, Whites Creek, The Webb School and Whitwell


Allen Back at Christian Brothers
Johnny Allen is heading back to coach at Christian Brothers.


Allen who was fired after four seasons at Harding Academy will go back to Christian Brothers and coach linebackers for the Purple Wave.

“I am extremely blessed to be back at Christian Brothers High School and coach under Tommy McDaniel. Coach McDaniel is one of the top coaches in the state and has done an incredible job of continuing the Brothers rich tradition of success. I hope that my previous coaching experiences can help contribute to this ongoing success and I look forward to being apart of the Brothers again. God is good,” Allen said.

In his four seasons at Harding Academy, Allen posted a 20-24 record and led the Lions to the Division II-A playoffs in 2016 and DII-AA playoffs in 2017, 2018 and 2019.

The best season under Allen came in 2016 as the Lions as they finished 9-2 losing to Knox. Webb in the DII-A Quarterfinals.

The Lions are coming off a 2-9 season as they were beat by ECS in the first round of the Division II-AA playoffs.

Allen was the Purple Wave’s Defensive Coordinator in 2015 which was McDaniel’s first year as head coach at Christian Brothers.

“We are excited to get coach Allen back in purple and gold. His experience and leadership will impact our students on the field and in the classroom daily,” McDaniel said.

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