St. Benedict Hires Former Vol to Take Over Football Program

St. Benedict Hires Former Vol to Take Over Football Program

Marlon Walls, a former University of Tennessee defensive end has been tabbed as the new head football coach at St. Benedict.

Walls, 28, had previously served as the Eagles defensive coordinator for three seasons (2015-17) before spending last season as an assistant coach at Hernando (MS) high school.

He replaces John Cooley who retired in December after leading St. Benedict the last three seasons.

“My belief is that the game of football, at all levels, is a teaching tool and an opportunity. It is a tool to shape young boys into men, teaching them the value of loyalty, honor, pride, hard work, competition, teamwork, and character. Good football players have to engage in a process of shifting their focus away from self and onto the team. I truly believe that this game allows young men to learn these qualities through experience,” Walls said.

“It is an opportunity for them not only to learn the value of these qualities, but also to build and instill them into their lives. Moreover, it gives young men the chance to form bonds and relationships that only come by being a part of a team, a part of this game; these are lessons that last a lifetime.”

St. Benedict is coming off a 7-4 season and under Cooley posted a 17-16 record and made three Division II-AAA playoff appearances in his tenure.

“We are extremely happy to welcome Marlon Walls to our school staff and as Head Football Coach. He will mold our boys into young men on and off the playing field.” Coach Walls will meet with the football team Thursday following school to discuss team expectations and off-season programs,” St. Benedict principal Sondra Morris said.

There are currently 18 programs looking for a head coach they are: Antioch, Bolton, Collierville, East Hamilton, East Hickman, East Robertson, Greeneville, Halls, Hamilton, Hillcrest, Hillwood, Nashville Overton, Northeast, Northpoint Christian, Polk County, Tellico Plains, Trousdale County and Waverly

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