Lookout Valley Names Signal Mountain DC Josh Payne as new Head Football Coach

Lookout Valley Names Signal Mountain DC Josh Payne as new Head Football Coach

Signal Mountain Defensive Coordinator Josh Payne has been hired as the new head football coach at Lookout Valley.

“We are excited to name Josh Payne as the next Head Football Coach at Lookout Valley Middle High School. As we began our search, we knew we needed a coach who would build strong relationships with players and their families and who could also lead our program to the next level,” Lookout Valley principal Todd Stinson said.

“We are confident that Coach Payne can do all we ask of him. Josh’s passion for coaching and teaching is contagious. He has a vision for the program and is committed to ensuring the success of our student athletes, both on and off of the field. We have confidence that Josh is a great fit for our school and football program and we are excited for him to get to work.”

He replaces David Dinger who resigned earlier in the month and will stay at Lookout Valley and continue his athletic director duties.

Dinger, a 1983 graduate has been the head football coach at Lookout Valley on three different occasions (1989-94, 1997 and 2018) as he posted a 31-41 record and led the Yellow Jackets to three Class 1A playoff appearances (1994, 1997 and 2018).

Being a head coach has always been a dream of mine and to be at a great place and community like Lookout Valley is really special,” Payne said. “I’m looking forward to making a difference in the program but also with the players on a personal level.”

The Yellow Jackets finished this season 6-5 beating Jo Byrns in the first round before losing to eventual 1A state champion Whitwell in the second round.

Payne has served as the Defensive Coordinator at Signal Mountain the last two seasons and has been at Signal the last four years and before going to Signal was an assistant coach at East Ridge.

There are currently 1 programs looking for a head coach they are: Antioch, Bartlett, Cleveland, Collierville, East Hamilton, East Hickman, Hillcrest, Hillwood, Lipscomb Academy, Nashville Overton, Northeast, Northpoint Christian, Polk County, Stewarts Creek, Tellico Plains, Trousdale County and Westview

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