Whitwell will turn to one of their own to lead their football program.
Rocky Stephenson who turned 50 today and starred for the Tigers and is a 1989 graduate has been hired to lead the Tiger program.
“Coaching at my Alma mater is something I have always wanted to do in the past, I feel like I wasn’t ready but now I think it’s the right time to take the job,” Stephenson said.
“I wanted to be an assistant and learn from different coaches, their philosophies and the way they coach and run their programs.”
Stephenson has also served is the head baseball coach at Whitwell as well for the last five seasons, although he will step back from baseball this season as the Tigers have named Heath Thacker as the new head baseball coach.
Stephenson has been an assistant coach football at Whitwell for the last five seasons as well coaching running backs, defensive backs and special teams as well.
“I am excited to hear that Whitwell has named Rocky Stephenson the head football coach. Rocky is a local guy that was an outstanding athlete at WHS. I knew his character and commitment when he played and I know his character and commitment now to the students of WHS. He will be an asset to the program at the helm,” Marion County School Superintendent Mark Griffith said.
Stephenson replaces Jake Cabell, who resigned after one season as the Tigers finished 1-8 this season but still made the Class 1A playoffs but lost to Gordonsville in the first round.
Stephenson will have plenty of work to do as the Tigers only averaged 8.7 points this season scoring only 78 points.
Currently eight schools in Arlington, Cherokee, FACS, Humboldt, Lakeway Christian, MTCS, Mt. Pleasant and Tyner are looking for a head coach.
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