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March 07, 2021

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Raleigh Egypt Names Coach; State wide Coaching Changes Update

Booker T. Washington offensive coordinator Delvin Lane has been named the new head football coach at Raleigh Egypt.


“Being offered the head job at Raleigh Egypt is definitely one of the top 10 best moments of my life and coaching to me isn’t a job, it’s a calling,” Lane said.


Lane, 42, actually teaches at Raleigh Egypt but was the offensive coordinator at his Alma mater BTW the last several years and replaces Larry Franklin who retired in January.


“We are excited to have Coach Lane lead the football program,” Raleigh Egypt principal Shari Meeks said.


The Pharaohs were 10-11 in two years under Franklin and made back to back Class 3A playoff appearances, losing to Milan this year in the first round last season.


In 2018, the Pharaohs finished 7-4 before losing to McNairy Central in the first round.


Before coaching at BTW, Lane started his coaching career at Vance Middle School as the offensive coordinator and also coach at Chickasaw Middle School as well.


He then went to back to BTW and was the head middle school coach as well as being the offensive coordinator for the Warrior high school team.



Currently there are seven schools  looking for a head coach they are: Fayette Ware, Lake County, Sullivan East, Sycamore, Whites Creek, The Webb School and Whitwell

Other Statewide Coaching Moves

The COVID-19 pandemic has cancelled school for the rest of the year and hopefully the schools will get back to normal come August

By May 1, principals have to let teachers and coaches know if they are granted tenure and will be back at said school coaching and teaching.

So now some football coaches are on the move and here’s a quick statewide rundown.

 *Robison Heading to Goodpasture as Assistant Coach

Justin Robison, who resigned last week after leading the Sycamore program the last four seasons has been hired as an assistant coach at Goodpasture.

“When determining what Goodpasture Christian needed in an assistant football coach, Coach Robison had the exact qualities we are looking for. He has a great work ethic, loves his players, loves coaching football, and is committed to helping his students grow intellectually, athletically, and spiritually. He’s been a Head Coach and has had to wear a lot of hats which is definitely a plus when looking for an assistant. We feel very privileged to have Coach Robison and his family join our Goodpasture Christian Family,” Goodpasture coach Tyler Turner said

Robison, a 2007 Sycamore graduate led the War Eagles to three consecutive 3A playoff appearances (2017-19) but they lost in the first round each year

The War Eagles are coming off a 5-6 season as they lost for the second straight year to East Nashville in the first round and Robison finished with a 20-23 overall record at Sycamore.

“I am incredibly excited about joining the staff at Goodpasture. Coach Turner and myself believe in a lot of the same philosophies and ideals. I am looking forward to joining the Goodpasture family and can’t wait to get to work,” Robison said.


*Brad Waggoner Hired as South Pittsburg DC

After one season at Elbert County high school in Georgia, Brad Waggoner is heading back to the Volunteer State.

Waggoner who led Elbert County to a 6-5 record and a Class AA playoff appearance in his lone season there has been hired as the new Defensive Coordinator and Strength and Conditioning coach at South Pittsburg.

“I could not tell Coach Grider no. I wanted to be where football was important and it’s tough to beat the tradition of the South Pittsburg Football Program. This also allows my family to be close to my wife’s family which is less than a hour away. We are excited to be back in Tennessee and near family and to be where Friday Night Football means a lot,” Waggoner said.

Waggoner led Trousdale County to a 19-8 record in his two seasons in Hartsville, two Class 2A playoff appearances which included a Class 2A runner up finish this season as the Yellow Jackets finished 11-4 losing to Peabody in the state title game.

His overall coaching record is 84-61 as he has also been the head coach at Crescent City (FL) in 2004, Luverne (AL) (2005-07), Pike County (AL) (2008), Chattooga (GA), (2009-11) Decatur (GA) (2012) and Lumpkin County (GA) (2013) before coming to Trousdale

Waggoner also has college coaching experience as he was the Assistant Director of Player Personnel for Georgia Tech for three seasons (2014-16).

*Teddy Pettigrew Hired at Jackson North Side

Jesse Powell has added former Milan head coach at his coaching staff at Jackson North Side

Pettigrew will coach both running backs and defensive line for the Indians in 2020.

We are happy to have Teddy on staff here at North Side. He comes in highly recommended and highly motivated. He is a professional that has a ton of experience. He will fit well within our program and school,” Powell said.

Pettigrew resigned under pressure after leading the Milan program the last two seasons as the Bulldogs went 14-11 in his tenure there.

The Bulldogs made the Class 3A playoffs both seasons under Pettigrew, going 8-5 and making the 3A Quarterfinals in 2018 and the Bulldogs finished 6-6 losing to Wooddale 19-16 in the second round in 2019.

*Murray to coach OL at East Hamilton

Former Hixson head coach Gary Murray will have a new football address in 2020 as he will coach offensive line at Hixson’s region 2-4A rival East Hamilton.

It’s very valuable to have a coach who has played and coached at the collegiate level.  Gary will bring a lot of knowledge to our staff as our offensive line coach,” East Hamilton coach Grant Reynolds said.

East Hamilton will mark the fourth Chattanooga areas school he has coached at as he was also at Hixson, Soddy Daisy and Red Bank.

Three other former head football coaches in 2019 are now leaving the Volunteer state to coach elsewhere in 2020.

*Neal Cruce to Take Over South Dakota Program

Former Loretto head coach Neal Cruce who led the Mustang program the last three seasons is heading to South Dakota to take charge of the Rapid City Central High Football program.

Cruce resigned in November after posting a 9-21 overall record in three seasons at Loretto.

The Mustangs finished 3-7 this season and the best year under Cruce was in 2018 when Loretto finished 4-6.

Cruce will take over a Cobbler program that went winless at 0-9 in 2019.

“My parents and sister moved a few years ago and settled there in Rapid City. Just as a place they always liked to visit.  So I thought at this point in my career,  why not apply and see what happens. It’s an opportunity to finally live near family and do what I love at the same time,  which is coaching football.  Except this time, I’ll be coaching it in much colder conditions, but I’m really looking forward to it,” Cruce said.

Cruce had four successful seasons (2014-17) at Hayti (MO) high school where he complied a 30-16 record and four playoff appearances as he has a 39-35 coaching record overall.

Before going to Hayti, Cruce coached eight seasons in Tennessee as he coached at both Obion County and Lake County as an assistant coach.

*Copley Lands DC and Strength Job in Peach State

Former Siegel football coach Michael Copley has landed a new gig in Georgia as he has been hired as the Defensive Coordinator and Strength and Conditioning coach at White County (GA) high school.

“This is a new chapter in my life and I’m really looking forward to be a part of a great staff and to get a feel of a new  state of how they play football,” Copley said.

Copley led Siegel the last three seasons and was 8-22 in his time in Rutherford County and Georgia will be the third state that he has coached in as he has also been a head coach in Kentucky as well as at Louisville Ballard (2015-16), Greenup County (2009-10, one playoff appearance in 2010) and Pikeville (2008, one playoff appearance) where he complied a 30-29 overall record and his overall coaching record is 38-51.

*Ferrill Going Back to Magnolia State to be OC at Jackson Academy

After just one season at Germantown where the Red Devils went 2-9 in 2019, Tommy Ferrill is heading back to Mississippi.

Ferrill has been hired as the new offensive coordinator at Jackson Academy.

“I’m looking forward to getting started at Jackson Academy,” Ferrill said.

Ferrill has extensive coaching experience in Mississippi as he was the Offensive Coordinator for Horn Lake (MS) for five seasons (2014-18) which ended with an undefeated 15-0 season and the Eagles winning the 6A state title in 2018.

After playing college football at Mississippi State, Ferrill started his coaching career at East Mississippi Community College serving as an assistant coach, weight room coordinator and Director of Football Operations.

He then left East Mississippi for Biloxi (MS) where he was the Special Teams and Video coordinator before going to Horn Lake in 2014.

Contact Donovan at donovans1222@gmail.com and follow him on Twitter at Examine_Stew






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