When Rick Rice left Wayne County start the new football program at Rockvale high school in Rutherford county last month, Wayne County principal Ryan Franks didn’t panic.
Franks knew who he could turn to to lead the Wildcat program.
In fact, it’s the second time that Cary Crews has come to the rescue at Wayne County.
Crews has coached the last 26 years in Waynesboro and most of those years he has served as the offensive coordinator.
But for the second time, Crews has officially been named as the Wildcats new head coach.
“We are excited to announce Coach Cary Crews as the next Head Coach at Wayne County High School. Having been a huge part of Wildcat Football success for nearly 30 years Coach Crews will bring the stability and consistency we need for our program and we know that he will continue the proud tradition of Wayne County High School Football,” Franks said of Crews’ hiring.
He replaces Rice who led Wayne County to a 176-77 overall record and they made the playoffs 19 of his 21 years there including the last 13 years in a row.
Rice and Crews paced the Wildcats as they capped off an undefeated 14-0 season by beating South Pittsburg for the Class 1A state title in 2011.
“I am honored to have been given the opportunity to coach here in my hometown. I have enjoyed working with all the coaches and players over the years, and we’re going to try to build on the same principles. I cannot thank Coach Rice enough for all he has done for our community and this program. Coach Rice has become like a brother to me, and while the upcoming season will be different for me personally, we are going to roll up our sleeves and go to work,” Crews said.
The Wildcats are coming off an 7-5 season as they were beat by 1A runner up Cornersville in the second round.
Crews’ first head coaching stint at Wayne County was back in 2002 and he replaced Rice who took the Perry County job.
He led the Wildcats for four seasons (2001-05) and Wayne County made the Class 1A playoffs all five years as they posted a 41-16 record during that time which included back to back 10-2 records in 2003 and 2004.
There are currently 14 programs looking for a head coach they are: Bolton, Cloudland, Covington, East Robertson, Greeneville, Hamilton, Manassas, Morristown East, Nashville Overton, Northeast, Tellico Plains, Warren County, White Station and Whitwell
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