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Turner Takes over Pioneer Football Program

Turner Takes over Pioneer Football Program

Matt Turner will add another head coaching responsibility to his already busy schedule at Warren County.

Turner already leads the Pioneer wrestling program and will now add head football coach to his resume as well.

Turner, a 1997 Warren County graduate has been named as the new head football coach at Warren County and will replace Tom Moore.

Moore coached Warren County to an 8-34 overall record the last four years and was recently named as the new Hillwood coach.

“Matt is and will continue to be a valuable asset for our students, our school, and our community. Matt has had a positive impact on many of our students, past and present. Matt is a tireless worker and will model the behavior he expects from our student-athletes as well as create a culture that promotes a strong work ethic, builds positive relationships, and helps develop the whole student,” Warren County Executive Principal Jimmy Walker said.

“Matt’s ability to motivate, encourage, and affirm young people is evident and has been expressed by numerous current and former student-athletes. There is no doubt Matt has the passion for football, but more importantly, he loves this community. His desire to mold young men we can all be proud of is unmistakable. Warren County and Warren County High School has a great leader guiding our football program and we are very excited.”

Despite the poor overall record, the Pioneers made back to back Class 6A playoff appearances in 2015 and 2016 under Moore but are coming off a 2-8 season in 2018.

Turner has coached football for nine seasons at Warren County and has 11 coaching experience with the Pioneer wrestling program as well.

He also was the head football coach for two years at Warren County Middle School and started his coaching career as an offensive assistant at Chattanooga (2000-02) before coming back to Warren County.

“Hope all is well. I am so excited to take the helm of my alma mater. I know that there is a great challenge ahead with Warren County being in one of the toughest regions in the State. However, I know that I can get the current team and potential young men out of the hallways, on the field and teach them how to overcome adversity, be competitive and in due coarse win on Friday nights. This is what I know, I am a very passionate man that has always bleed Pioneer blood. I am eager to rally the community and produce a honorable team that Warren County deserves,” Turner said.

Turner will have plenty to work on as the Pioneers haven’t had a winning season since 1990 and are 42-144 since 2001 and made six playoff appearances in that time.

There are currently 12 programs looking for a head coach they are: Bolton, Cloudland, Covington, East Robertson, Hamilton, Manassas, McMinn Central, Morristown East, Nashville Overton, Tellico Plains, White Station and Whitwell

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