Matt McConnell is coming home to his alma mater.
McConnell, a 1997 Camden graduate has been hired as the new head football coach at Camden.
He replaces William Blow who led the Lions to Class 3A playoff appearances all nine seasons as head coach and Blow on his administrative duties at Camden.
“Nothing means more then your alma mater,” McConnell said. “I had a great situation here at Westview and wasn’t looking to leave but when the alma mater calls it hard to turn that down.”
“My parents are still here and are both retired and the chance to come back home and be close to them made it an easier decision.”
Camden finished the season 4-7 as they lost to Stratford 34-14 in the first round.
McConnell comes to Camden after spending last season as the head coach at Westview where he led the Chargers to the 3€ playoffs and 6-5 overall record.
McConnell, 41 led Waverly to a 50-13 record and five Class 2A playoff appearances including two trips to the 2A Semifinals before going to Westview last season.
“We have just announced that Matt McConnell will become the head football coach at Camden Central High School,” Benton County Director of Schools Mark Florence said.
“Coach McConnell graduated from Camden Central High School, and we’re excited that he is coming home to coach the Camden Lions. He’s been successful throughout his career, and we’re looking forward to the excitement he will bring to our program.
The Benton County Schools’ family welcomes Coach McConnell and his family back home,” Florence added.
Before taking over the Waverly program, McConnell started his coaching career at Lewis County back in 2003.
He spent seven seasons in Hohenwald, before going to Dyersburg for one season in 2010 before spending three seasons at Brighton (2011-13).
Camden has one of the longest current playoff streaks as they have made the playoffs 17 straight seasons, the last time they missed the playoffs was 2002.
Currently there are 13 schools looking for a head coach they are: Cheatham County, Clinton, Franklin County, Goodpasture, Harding Academy, Lincoln County, Loretto, Overton, Pigeon Forge, Red Boiling Springs, Siegel, Silverdale and Station Camp
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