Orentheus Taylor is heading back to Memphis to take over the Westwood football program.
Taylor, who spent the last three seasons in Jackson as the head coach at Liberty will replace Fred Copeland who resigned last months after two seasons at the helm of the Longhorn program.
“I’m excited for this new opportunity to be a part of a program at Westwood with a lot of rich history and tradition and I have accepted the task to lead this group of young men to success not only on the field but most importantly into manhood,” Taylor said.
“I feel my experience as a head coach has equipped me to work hand and hand with the Westwood administration, staff, community, and alumni to restore this football program here in South Memphis to great heights.”
Copeland led Westwood to a 9-12 record in his two years as head coach which included a Class 1A playoff appearance in 2018 and the Longhorns finished the 2019 season with a 4-6 season.
Liberty is coming off a 3-7 season and Taylor was 5-24 overall in his three seasons at Liberty.
During the 2016 season, Taylor served as an assistant coach at Trezevant and was part of the Bears 2A state title that season.
Taylor also served as the last head football coach at Jackson Central Merry for three seasons (2013-15) before the school shut its doors at the end of the 2015 school year.
While at JCM, the Cougars were only 7-24 during Taylor’s tenure there but they made a 3A playoff appearance in 2013.
Currently there are 20 schools looking for a head coach they are: Cheatham County, Douglass, Fairley, Fayette Academy, Harding Academy, Hickman County, Hixson, Liberty, Loretto, Knox. Central, Marion County, Red Boiling Springs, Silverdale, Southwind, Station Camp, Stewarts Creek, Volunteer, Westview, Whites Creek and York Institute
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