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  • Richard Coure

    Murphy Fair|Oct 27, 2022

    NOTE: Richard Coure played baseball and football at Cameron High School in Nashville (Class of 1969). He was a quarterback at Fisk University (Class of 1973). He head coaching career was at East Nashville (1980-1985) and Whites Creek (1986-2004) I was in my first year as head coach at Whites Creek (1986). At that time, we practiced from 7:00-9:30, took a break, and then came back at 11:00 for another practice later that same morning. We had just hit the field about 7:15 when a car drives up and...

  • Tribute to Tennessee High School Football Coaches

    Murphy Fair|Oct 20, 2022

    NOTE: Ken Colquette played football at Grundy County High School (Class of 1965) and Tennessee Tech (Class of 1969). He started his head coaching career at Bridgeport, AL and also served as head coach at Marion County (1980-1996), Vidalia, GA (1997-1999), Grundy County (2002-2003) and Sequatchie County (2012-2014). My second coaching stint in the early to mid ‘70s was as the defensive coordinator and head track coach at Dougherty High School in Albany, GA. We played a very competitive s...

  • Tribute to Tennessee High School Football Coaches

    Murphy Fair|Oct 20, 2022

    NOTE: Coach Frost played football at Lenoir City High School (Class of 1986). He graduated from M.T.S.U. (Class of 1992). His head coaching career began at Community High School (2007-2013). He is currently the head coach at Decatur County – Riverside (2016-present). My father-in-law, Larry Quinn, was the very first quarterback at Riverside High School. He's an avid sports fan who loves to win. I always give him a coach's shirt so that he looks like a member of the staff. While I was at C...

  • Tribute to Tennessee High School Football Coaches

    Murphy Fair|Oct 6, 2022

    NOTE: Jack played football and basketball at Spring City High School (Class of 1972). He played college basketball at Oral Roberts University before transferring to Tennessee where he graduated in 1983. His head-coaching career began at Soddy-Daisy (1988-1991). Additional stints came at Brentwood High School (1997-2001) and Ravenwood High School (2002-2003). One of the first stories that came to mind when I was approached about this project was during my time at Brentwood High School. We were...

  • Tribute to Tennessee High School Football Coaches

    Murphy Fair|Sep 29, 2022

    NOTE: Mickey Marley played football at Franklin High School (Class of 1976). He played football at UT-Martin and graduated in 1981. His head coaching career was exclusively at University School of Jackson (1988-2015). I have a couple of stories to tell you, but they're both rather short. I hope that's OK. The first one involves a kid named Jake Overbey. Jake was a great quarterback for us. He won the Mr. Football award in both 2009 and 2010. This story goes to show you how you can make football...

  • Tribute to Tennessee High School Football Coaches

    Murphy Fair|Sep 29, 2022

    NOTE: Graham Clark played played football at Dobyns Bennett H. S. (Class of 1973). He played football at Emory & Henry (Class of 1977). His head coaching career was at Chilhowee, VA (1980-1981) and Kingsport Dobyns Bennett (1993-2017). We always had a great rivalry with Oak Ridge during my long career at Dobyns Bennett. It seems like great stories came about anytime we played Oak Ridge. I've got a handful of them, but I think my favorite one was in 2006. If you've ever been to a game at Oak...

  • Tribute to Tennessee High School Football Coaches

    Murphy Fair|Sep 15, 2022

    NOTE: Jim played football and baseball at McNairy Central High School in Selmer. (Class of 1981). He played football and baseball at Rhodes College in Memphis before transferring to Lambuth where he earned his undergraduate degree (Class of 1985). His head coaching career in football included stints at McNairy Central (1988, 2009-2011); Humboldt (1998-2001) and Jackson Central Merry (2008). As a head coach, you understand that the players, the X’s and O’s are what you really want to concern you...

  • Tribute to Tennessee High School Football Coaches

    Murphy Fair|Sep 8, 2022

    NOTE: Brandon Gray played football at Adamsville High School (Class of 1992). He played baseball at Jackson State CC and graduated from North Alabama in 2000. His head coaching career has been at Adamsville (2006-present). I had already graduated from college and was building houses when I saw my old football coach (Danny Combs) at the post office. He was the assistant principal at McNairy Central at that time. The coach here at Adamsville had left and so Danny was back here on an interim...

  • Tribute to Tennessee High School Football Coaches

    Murphy Fair|Sep 1, 2022

    I interviewed for the David Crockett head football job in February of 2018 as a 24 year old assistant college coach. A couple of months later, I officially accepted the job as the youngest head coach in the state. Fast forward throughout to my first season there. We had a lot of ups and downs, a lot of close games and overtime games. It was a historic season for us at Crockett. Crockett had never really had a lot of post season success. The school had never hosted a playoff game, never won a pla...

  • Tribute to Tennessee High School Football Coaches

    Murphy Fair|Aug 25, 2022

    My story begins with letting first year coaches know there are four specific things they need to avoid, especially when they are first year head coaches. NUMBER ONE - I'd never recommend following a legend. A legendary coach would be someone who the field is named after. NUMBER TWO - I don't think you ever want to lose to your biggest rival. That's the one all the alumni remember and want to win the most. NUMBER THREE - You really don't want to lose your first game of the year, especially if...

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