Zac Benfield is coming back to take over his alma mater.
“This was a competitive job posting as we have a proven track record of success and having coachable and hard-nosed student athletes. We need a young energetic coach like Zac Benfield to continue the tradition of this program, make strong community connections, and lead this football team into the future. We are fortunate to have a successful CHS graduate that is committed to these kids in the community,” Cloudland principal Richard Church said.
Benfield, 24 is a 2015 Cloudland graduate who started coaching at Cloudland Middle school in the fall of 2015 after graduating high school.
He also coached at Cloudland high school for four seasons (2016-19) before going to Hampton and coaching last season.
Benfield is currently employed at Avery County (NC) and is an assistant coach under former Ooltewah head coach Mac Bryan and because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Avery County is currently playing their football season.
“I’m very humbled and excited to be back at Cloudland. Cloudland has a unique and winning tradition, and I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else,” Benfield said. “The kids at Cloudland are my type of kids as they are hard-working and tough, and I can’t wait to get to work.”
He replaces Scott Potter who resigned last week after leading the Highlanders to a 12-7 mark in a year and a half of leading the program.
Potter will continue his duties as assistant principal and athletic director.
This season, the Highlanders finished 7-5 as they beat Midway in the first round before losing to Oliver Springs in the second round.
Currently 10 schools in Brainerd, Cumberland Gap, Goodpasture, Hillsboro, KIPP Academy, Maplewood, Northwest, Obion County, South Pittsburg and Zion Christian are looking for a head coach.
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