Sycamore has promoted assistant coach John Harrison to take over the Sycamore football program.
Harrison came back to Sycamore this season after spending the last seven years as an assistant at Springfield and he replaces Mark Hall who finished 1-8 in his only year at the school.
“I am very honored for the opportunity to serve Sycamore High School as head coach. I grew up in this community and began my coaching career right here at Sycamore 20 years ago. I am very thankful to Principal Dawn Wenning, Assistant Principal Adrian Baker and Athletic Director Shelby Tinch for believing in me and allowing me this opportunity,” Harrison said.
Harrison is a 1998 Cheatham County graduate and started his football coaching career at Sycamore after graduating from Bethel.
He mentored under former Sycamore head coaches Tommy Tharp and Gary Halstead and was part of the War Eagle coaching staff that made school history with the school’s first playoff appearance in 2000.
“I consider coaches Tharp and Halstead to be my mentors and the reason I pursued a coaching career. I have a huge amount of respect for both of them and I am excited for the opportunity to use football as a platform to instill characteristics in these young men that will prepare them for success on the field and off. It is a privilege for me to represent these young men, their parents, Sycamore High School and the community of Pleasant View as we restore the culture and tradition of War Eagle football,” Harrison said.
Harrison teaches criminal justice at Sycamore and earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice at Bethel University, a master’s degree in administration and supervision at Austin Peay State University and an Ed. S degree in instructional technology at APSU.
Currently nine schools in Brainerd, Cumberland Gap, Grainger, Grundy County, Jackson Central Merry, Lakeway Christian, Northwest, Ooltewah and South Pittsburg are looking for a head coach.
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