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Sunbright Hires Former Tiger to lead Program

Sunbright Hires Former Tiger to lead Program

After Joe Kent resigned to take the head middle school football job at Bledsoe County, Brian Hamby saw an opportunity to come back home.

“Sunbright School is excited to have Mr. Brian Hamby back at Sunbright and serving as our new high school football head coach. Coach Hamby is a graduate of Sunbright and was assistant coach for Sunbright several years ago. We are looking forward to the enhancement of our football program and the beginning of a new era under the leadership of Coach Hamby and his coaching staff,” Sunbright principal Julia Smith said.

Calling it his dream to be the head coach at his alma mater, Hamby has been hired to lead the Tiger program.

“I’m really excited to be here. Growing up, playing at Sunbright, it was always my dream to be the head coach here. When the opportunity to come home came up, I couldn’t pass it up,” Hamby said.

Hamby, 34, a 2003 Sunbright graduate started his coaching career at Sunbright in 2009 and was the wide receivers and defensive back coach as well as leading the strength and conditioning coach for three seasons.

He spent the last seven seasons in various roles at Scott County high school as he coached several different positions was the Co-Defensive Coordinator, assistant head coach and the strength and conditioning coach.

Kent posted a 7-13 record after taking over four games into the 2017 season in which they finished 6-5, the Tigers are coming off a 1-8 and will head into the 2019 season on a four game losing streak.

Since the end of the 2018 season, it has been a busy offseason as Sunbright is the 79th coaching change of the year.

Recruiting Update
Three more football players made their commitments this week as DeKalb County two way lineman Issac Cross, Whitehaven linebacker Martavius French and Ravenwood kick Luke Ayers made their college decisions.

*Cross (6-2, 280) camped at Tennessee Tech in the middle of June and impressed the staff and left the camp with an offer.

Now Cross has committed to the Golden Eagles over offers from Birmingham Southern, Carson Newman, Centre College, Cumberland and Missouri S&T.

“Issac is a great football player and an even better person. He has been and is a very special player for us and he is going to do great things with his future, not only as a football player but as a positive influence on the people around him,” DeKalb County coach Steve Trapp said.

*Arkansas continues to rack up in the Volunteer state as they got their third in state commitment as French became the 14th Class of 2020 commitment for the Razorbacks.

French (6-2, 240) helped lead Whitehaven to a Class 6A runner up finish as he tallied 120 tackles, intercepted two passes and forced four fumbles for the Tigers from his linebacker spot.

He chose Arkansas over Cincinnati, Florida, Georgia Tech, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisville, LSU, Memphis, Missouri, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, Oregon, Purdue, Southern Miss, Tennessee and West Virginia.

“It’s a great pick up for Arkansas,” Whitehaven coach Rodney Saulsberry said. “Tremendous player that still has a huge upside. He will bring energy and winning attitude to their program.”

French joins Knoxville West teammates Drew Francis and Tyrece Edwards as Razorback instate commitments.

*Luke Ayers’ hard work has paid off as the Ravenwood kicker recently pledged to UCLA.

Ayers (6-2, 170), the son of former NFL kicker David Ayers has only been kicking for 14 months and chose the Bruins over an offer from Yale.

“Luke is just so very deserving of this opportunity. He has worked his butt off for the last 14 months, simply setting a goal to become the best specialist he can be and not letting anything get in the way. He will be a huge asset for us this year and it will be fun to watch him get even better at the next level,” Ravenwood coach Matt Daniels said.

He becomes the fifth Ravenwood player to commit in the 2020 class joining teammates Gabriel Sleenhof (Yale), Graham Barton (Duke), Luke Shouse (Ole Miss) and Andrew Mason (Rice).

During his junior season as the Raptors finished 10-3 and made the Class 6A Semifinals, Ayers made 47 of 49 extra points and made four of six field goals while also averaged 39.3 yards per punt.

So far the following 50 players who have already committed in the Class of 2020 they are: Knoxville Catholic offensive guard Bryn Tucker (Clemson), Mt. Juliet wide receiver Malik Bowen (Duke), Ravenwood offensive guard Graham Barton (Duke), Knoxville Catholic wide receiver Chancellor Bright (Marshall), Cocke County defensive end Stiles Moore (Western Michigan), Independence linebacker Chase Robertson (Princeton), Greeneville long snapper Will Albright (Tennessee), Meigs County quarterback Aaron Swafford (Navy), White Station offensive tackle Ray Curry Jr. (Missouri), Whitehaven linebacker Tamarious McDonald (Mississippi State), Maryville wide receiver Ashton Maples (Liberty), Maryville linebacker Mason Shelton (Coastal Carolina), Nolensville safety Tim Coutras (Liberty), Collierville defensive tackle Jared Dawson (Louisville), Ravenwood offensive lineman Luke Shouse (Ole Miss), Ensworth tight end Austin Henderson (Minnesota), Tennessee High tight end Nolan Wishon (ETSU), Nashville Overton offensive tackle Chris Washington (Miami, FL), BGA defensive back Garnett Hollis (Northwestern), Knoxville Catholic center Cooper Mays (Tennessee), Cane Ridge defensive tackle Michael Reese (Duke), Tyner wide receiver Jeremiah Baptiste (Miami, OH), BGA wide receiver Antonio Stevens (Purdue), South Doyle running back Elijah Young (Missouri), Ravenwood wide receiver Andrew Mason (Rice), Peabody athlete Jarel Dickson (Army), Ensworth safety Keshawn Lawrence (Tennessee), BGA quarterback Nick Semptimpheter (Bucknell), Trinity Christian athlete Kevin Davis (Miami, OH), Smyrna defensive tackle Dallas Walker (Texas A&M), East Nashville linebacker Tyler Fletcher (Western Michigan), McCallie athlete Deangelo Hardy (Kennesaw State), Oakland defensive back De’Arre McDonald (Ole Miss), Alcoa offensive tackle Brackston Alford (Memphis), Pearl Cohn long snapper Wesley Schelling (Vanderbilt), Maryville running back Tee Hodge (Tennessee), Greeneville linebacker Ty Youngblood (Furman), MUS defensive back Devonte Nelson (Memphis), Kirby defensive end Corbet Mims (Arkansas State), Nolensville linebacker C.J. Ware (Miami, OH), Goodpasture wide receiver Vincent Hamer (SE Missouri St), Ravenwood offensive tackle Gabriel Sleenhof (Yale), JP II linebacker Brooks Heagarty (Richmond), JP II wide receiver Rory White (Air Force), Haywood wide receiver Darion Williamson (Tennessee), Knoxville West linebacker Drew Francis (Arkansas), Knoxville West defensive end Tyrece Edwards (Arkansas), Dekalb County offensive lineman Issac Cross (Tennessee Tech), Whitehaven linebacker Martavius French (Arkansas) and Ravenwood kicker Luke Akers (UCLA).

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