A year after joining the Clarksville Northwest coaching staff, Neil Furnish has been hired as the Vikings new head coach.
He replaces Vernon Wright who resigned last month after leading the Viking program the last five seasons.
“Football directly correlates with life in various situations. Football teaches young men that they are a part of something larger then themselves. Football is a unique endeavor in the fact that it must be a team activity in order to succeed. Within each football game, there are ups and downs, emotional highs and lows, successes and failures, pain, torture, and adversity,” Furnish said.
Being able to overcome all of these obstacles requires an emotional and mental toughness that is difficult to find, even in the adults of today’s world. Football allows coaches to use a game as a platform to teach the players about life. There are many critical life skills that players must use to be successful in life and in football. Some of these are discipline, work ethic, responsibility, accountability, teamwork, and leadership.”
“I am most excited about helping the student athletes of Northwest achieve new goals and build a community of support that makes Friday nights in the fall at Northwest High School the place to be.”
The Vikings were 17-34 and made one Class 4A playoff appearance under Wright in his five seasons at Northwest.
The best season that Wright had at Northwest was in 2016 as the Vikings was 6-5 and made the 4A playoffs.
The Vikings are coming off a 2-8 record this season and will go into the 2019 season with a seven game losing streak.
“We had a wide variety of interest in this position and we narrowed the large pool of resumes we received and interviewed who we felt were the top candidates for the position. Ultimately, the administrative team felt that Coach Furnish was the best fit for the position based on his previous head coaching experience and familiarity with our program,” Northwest Athletic Director Jessica Peppard said.
“Coach Furnish has a wealth of coaching knowledge and has had the opportunity to learn and grow from his various coaching experiences throughout his career. He has a strong vision for the future of our program, and we believe he will continue to grow our athletes and push them to achieve excellence, both on the field and in the classroom. I am excited to see what our team can do next season under his direction.”
Before coming to Northwest, Furnish was the head coach at Harrison County (KY) for three seasons (2015-17) and led the program to a 10-22 record in those three seasons.
There are currently 18 programs looking for a head coach they are: Antioch, Bartlett, Bledsoe County, Boyd Buchanan, Brighton, Carter, Cumberland County, East Hickman, Fayetteville, Gallatin, Hillcrest, Hunters Lane, Lipscomb Academy, Melrose, Smith County, Tellico Plains, Walker Valley and Westview
East Nashville DE Anthony Collier Commits to Miami (OH)
East Nashville defensive end Anthony Collier has committed to be a Miami (OH) Red Hawk.
Collier (6-3, 270) becomes the 24th commitment in the Red Hawks Class of 2019 and is the lone in state commitment for Miami (OH).
Collier chose Miami (OH) over offers from Austin Peay, Chattanooga, Eastern Kentucky, Navy, Southern Mississippi, UT-Martin, Toledo and Western Kentucky.
This season Collier made 77 tackles, eight tackles for loss, three sacks, caused one fumble and had two fumble recoveries as East Nashville finished the season at 10-2.
“Anthony Collier is an outstanding young man. It has been a pleasure to coach him for the past 4 years. I’ve literally seen him grow into the young man he’s becoming today. He has become a force on the field and will continue to do great things at the University Miami of Ohio.”
“I know he is relieved to finally have this process over with. His mom and his family have done a great job being patient throughout the process. I am so happy to see him achieve a goal of his that he set many years ago,” East Nashville head coach Brian Waite said.
The following 78 players have committed in the Class of 2019:
East Nashville defensive end Anthony Collier (Miami, OH), White Station linebacker Eli Neal (Marshall), Arlington running back Kenneth Walker III (Wake Forest), Houston offensive lineman Matthew Needham (UT-Martin), Nashville Overton offensive guard Steven Losoya (MTSU), Giles County wide receiver K.J. Zeigler (UT-Martin), Fulton wide receiver Dashaun Mckinney (Austin Peay), Ensworth defensive back Dante Wynn (Air Force), Germantown wide receiver Cameron Baker (Memphis), Houston offensive guard Kip Frankland (Navy), Blackman wide receiver Trey Knox (Arkansas), St. George’s defensive end Justin Bray (Mercer), Hillsboro athlete Gyasi Mattison (Memphis), CPA linebacker Kane Patterson (Clemson), Nolensville quarterback Brandon Wharton II (Murray State), Clarksville Academy quarterback Bryce Robinson (Austin Peay), Whitehaven offensive guard Melvin McBride (Tennessee), Columbia Academy defensive back Rush Lansdell (UT-Martin), FRA defensive tackle Tymon Mitchell (Georgia), Lausanne defensive back Erek Campbell (Austin Peay), Whitehaven defensive back Vincent Guy (UT-Martin), Oakland running back Xavier Myers (Illinois State), Briarcrest quarterback Jackson Walker (Richmond), Blackman defensive back Adonis Otey (Arkansas), Ensworth defensive back Wesley Walker (Georgia Tech), Independence wide receiver T.J. Sheffield (Purdue), Centennial running back Jariel Wilson (Austin Peay), Hillsboro defensive end Joseph Honeysucker (Memphis), Christian Brothers offensive guard Jacob Likes (Memphis), Whitehaven tight end Cormontae Hamilton (Ohio State), Lausanne defensive back Cameron Sims (Central Arkansas), Farragut wide receiver Tanner Corum (Southern Illinois), Farragut wide receiver Jaden Gibbs (UT-Martin), Mt. Juliet kicker Robbie Brewington (Cumberland), Mt. Juliet punter Matt Pewitt (Cumberland), FACS strong safety Carson Evans (UT-Martin), Watertown athlete Heath Price (Tennessee Tech), Blackman wide receiver Micaleous Elder (MTSU), Pearl Cohn quarterback Xavier Shepard (Kennesaw State), MUS linebacker Dorian Hopkins (Tulsa), Greeneville quarterback Cade Ballard (Army), BGA running back Jaylen Frierson (ETSU), Lebanon defensive end Zion Logue (Georgia), Elizabethton offensive tackle Garrett Jennings (Western Kentucky), ECS kicker Chandler Caughron (Central Arkansas), Smyrna defensive tackle Marlon Alexander (Gardner Webb), Farragut running back Isaiah Gibbs (UT-Martin), Pearl Cohn defensive tackle Elijah Simmons (Tennessee), Oakland defensive back Woodi Washington (Oklahoma), Maplewood defensive back Travares Springer (Western Kentucky), CPA tight end Bryce McCormick (Furman), Pearl Cohn wide receiver Jayden Harrison (Vanderbilt), Science Hill offensive tackle Blake Austin (Coastal Carolina), FRA athlete Lance Wilhoite (Oregon), Cordova offensive lineman Matthew Bedford (Indiana), BGA linebacker Chico Bennett (Georgia Tech), Whitehaven athlete Devin Boddie (Vanderbilt), Red Bank athlete Calvin Jackson (Wofford), Whitehaven athlete Keveon Mullins (South Carolina), Davidson Academy quarterback Stone Norton (Florida International), Christian Brothers defensive end Christian James (Vanderbilt), Germantown tight end Conner Richardson (Tulane), Dyersburg linebacker Chris Russell (Memphis), Karns athlete Thomas Harper (Oklahoma State), MBA linebacker Jackson Hannah (Nebraska), Oakland defensive end Joseph Anderson (South Carolina), Davidson Academy running back Da’Joun Hewitt (Purdue), Davidson Academy defensive end Ani Izuchukwu (Mississippi State), Greeneville wide receiver Dorien Goddard (Virginia), Memphis Central defensive tackle Trevis Hopper (Memphis), Greeneville tight end Cameron Hite (Wake Forest), Christian Brothers defensive end Bill Norton (Georgia), MUS defensive back Maurice Hampton (LSU), MBA offensive lineman Jackson Lampley (Tennessee), Kirby quarterback Jaden Johnson (Louisville), Independence quarterback Nathan Cisco (Idaho), Grace Christian Academy offensive tackle Wes Dorsey (Western Kentucky) and Friendship Christian defensive tackle Luke Smith (Appalachian State).
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