Ooltewah has hired Red Bank offensive coordinator Shannon Williams as their new head football coach.
“This afternoon we are honored to share with you the appointment of our new head football coach, Shannon Williams. Shannon is coming to us from a thriving football program here in Hamilton County. He brings with him a record of success and a passion for taking the Ooltewah Owls to the next level. We believe his vision and goals closely align with those of the school and we are excited for the days ahead,” Ooltewah principal Angela Cass said in a letter to the Ooltewah Family.
“We hope you will join us in celebrating his arrival to the Owls nest and welcome him back to the Ooltewah family.”
This will be Williams’ second tenure as head coach of the Owl program as he was the head coach for three years from 2010 to 2012 and led Ooltewah to a 21-14 record and two Class 5A playoffs appearances in 2011 and 2012.
The Owls best record under Williams was 9-4 in 2012 when they made the 5A Quarterfinals.
He replaces Scott Chandler who resigned last month after posting a 16-16 record in three years as head coach, the Owls finished 4-6 last season and missed the 6A playoffs.
“Mystique and I are honored to accept the Head Football position at Ooltewah High School. To have the opportunity to hold this job for a second time is truly an honor. I have a special love for Ooltewah High School and the Ooltewah community and I want to thank Principal Angela Cass, the administration team, Athletic Director Jensen Morgan and the rest of the committee for the trust and confidence they have placed in me,” Williams said.
“I would also like to thank Red Bank Head Coach Chris Brown, Principal Chris Tillett, Assistant Principal Wendell Weathers, and the rest of the administration team, faculty, and coaching staff for allowing me to be a part of a very special academic and athletic community like Red Bank. I am very excited to get to work, get to know everybody, and start planning, and developing our players, for the 2021 season.”
After leaving Ooltewah the first time, Williams was an assistant coach in Florida and Georgia and also has college coaching experience as well at Chattanooga (his alma mater) and the University of Arkansas Monticello and had been at Red Bank the previous two seasons.
Currently eight schools in Brainerd, Cumberland Gap, Grainger, Grundy County, Jackson Central Merry, John Overton, Northwest and South Pittsburg are looking for a head coach.
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