Kenwood Coach Resigns Over Health Issues

Kenwood Coach Resigns Over Health Issues

It was not the way that Robert Gillard wanted to leave but in the end, he needed to get his health right.

Gillard has resigned as head football coach at Kenwood after just two seasons after he was diagnosed recently with congestive heart failure.

“I had a wonderful time at Kenwood. The kids, community and the administration were wonderful. Mr. Heaston and Mr. Chadwell were the best and really cared about the school and me as a person. I can really say I loved being apart of Knight Nation.I hope they learned as much from me as I learned from them,” Gillard said.

Gillard led the Knights to the Class 5A playoffs last season where they lost to Kirby in the first round and finished the season at 4-7.

In his two years in Clarksville, the Knights finished 7-14 in Gillard’s tenure which was his third head coaching job for him as he was the head coach at Sheffield back in 2001 and then led the Austin East for two seasons (2010-11) after serving as the Road runner defensive coordinator in 2009.

Before coming to Austin East, he was the defensive coordinator at Ridgeway for seven seasons and was part of the Ridgeway Class 3A state champion team in 2002.

It is with deep regret that Robert Gillard offered his resignation as head football coach and teacher at Kenwood High. Recently Coach Gillard has battled a string of health ailments that compromised his ability as a head coach. He wants to use this time to focus on a full recovery and spending more time with his family. We are appreciative of his time at Kenwood the last two seasons. We wish him the best of luck in the future,” Kenwood Principal Marcus Heaston said. 

There are currently 11 programs looking for a head coach they are: Bolton, Cloudland, Coffee County, Covington, East Robertson, Hamilton, Kenwood, Manassas, McMinn Central, Morristown East and White Station

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