Terrance Ayers has resigned as head football coach at KIPP Academy and will become the new Offensive Coordinator and Quarterbacks coach at Cordova.
Ayers was hired as the KIPP coach in 2019 and led the program to a 2-8 record that season but because of the COVID-19 pandemic, KIPP was one of 26 Shelby County public schools that didn’t play football in 2020.
“My time at KIPP was a short but pleasant learning experience. In this business it is all about constant growth. Growth to better yourself as a coach on and off the field, so that you’re then able to grow young men on and off the field. KIPP Athletic Director Dion Barry understands that and in fact gave me that message the day he hired me. Coach Barry told me two years ago that I could possible one day leave KIPP and head to a Cordova and that he wanted to guide me to an opportunity like that through KIPP and he did just that,” Ayers said.
“I’m thankful for my time at KIPP. The community and the players embraced me and its very tough to leave, but I just couldn’t pass up on this opportunity to grow.”
Ayers, 27, played at Mitchell and then played college football at nearby Lane College in Jackson.
“I wanted a young, ambitious coach that I felt would put in the work to be the best coach he could be. Also, someone that was willing to learn from other as I try to always do. The first person to come to mind was Terrance Ayers,” Cordova coach Marcus Wimberly said.
“I am extremely happy and feel that I have upgraded my coaching staff. This will free me up to focus on a more administrative roll and back to my love which is defense.”
Currently nine schools in Brainerd, Cumberland Gap, Grainger, Grundy County, Jackson Central Merry, John Overton, KIPP Academy, Northwest and South Pittsburg are looking for a head coach.
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