Mario Stevenson is coming back to Memphis and has been hired as the new head football coach at Hillcrest.
He replaces Carl Coleman who resigned after leading the Vikings to a 3-7 record in 2019 as Hillcrest was one of 26 Shelby County public schools that did not play football in 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I’m very thankful for principal (Teddrick) Estes and athletic director Miss (Sherhonda) Whitaker for giving me this opportunity and my job is to help uplift the community by putting young men in a position to be a champion on and off the field,” Stevenson said.
“I was once a young man being raised in a single parent household in Orange Mound, with a support system from my mother and many coaches and mentors who invested in me. Football gave me an opportunity and I have had some success on and off the football field.”
Stevenson was the assistant strength and conditioning coach last year at the University of Nevada and comes back to Tennessee as he was the defensive coordinator at White Station for two seasons (2017-18).
Before going to White Station, he was the strength and conditioning coach at Booker T. Washington in Memphis for four seasons (2013-16) and was the head coach for the first two years (2013-14) as the Warriors went 8-13 and made the Class 2A playoffs in 2014.
“I’m excited to bring in Mario Stevenson as our new head coach. He is eager to work with our young men, on and off the field and he plans to rebuild the program and produce scholar athletes. He is no stranger to the city of Memphis and he also has Championship rings to back his resume,” Hillcrest AD Sherhonda Whitaker said.
After playing his high school football, Stevenson was a defensive back on LSU’s 2003 National Championship team.
“Hillcrest has been overlooked due to some great high schools in the surrounding area but it’s time to spread the word, Hillcrest is back,” Stevenson said.
Currently seven schools in Cumberland Gap, Grainger, Lakeway Christian, Northwest, Ooltewah, Sycamore and Tyner are looking for a head coach.
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