Sevier County has tapped one of their own to take over the Smoky Bear football program.
Todd Loveday, a 1993 Sevier County graduate who has served as the Smoky Bears Defensive Coordinator the last two seasons has been promoted to head coach replacing Tony Liginfelter who retired after the season.
“We are excited that we just announced Todd Loveday as our new coach,” Sevier County Athletic Director Brian Atchley said.
Before coming back to Sevier County in 2018, Loveday started the Northview Academy program in 2014 and posted a 20-22 overall record there, leading the Cougars to back to back Class 3A playoff appearances in 2016 and 2017.
Loveday was an assistant at Sevier County from 1999-2010.
The Smoky Bears made the 5A playoffs this season and finished the season 5-6 as Ligenfelter led Sevier County to a 39-41 overall record in his seven-year tenure in Sevierville which included four playoff appearances (2014 in 6A and 2015, 2017 and 2020 in 5A).
Sevier County’s best season under Ligenfelter came back in 2015 as they finished as the 5A Runner up as they finished 12-3, losing to Independence in the state title game.
Currently eight schools in Cherokee, Knoxville Grace, Humboldt, Mt. Pleasant, Portland, Smith County, Summertown and Tyner are looking for a head coach.
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