Derek Rang has moved up the coaching ladder without having to move. Powell today named Rang as its new head football coach.
Rang grew up in Maryville and played for George Quarles. He played collegiately at Maryville College, spent two years as an assistant at Anderson County, one as defensive coordinator at South Doyle and the last two as defensive coordinator at West High School.
Rang replaces Matt Lowe, who resigned back in February.
Here is more on Rang from Powell High School:
Powell High School Athletic Director Nathan Langlois announced today that Derek Rang has been hired as the new head football coach at Powell High School. He will replace Matt Lowe, who resigned after a 6 year run as the Panther head coach in early February. Rang will become the 13th head coach in Panther football history.
Rang, a Maryville, Tennessee native, has most recently served as the defensive coordinator at Knoxville West High School. Working under West head coach Scott Cummings, Rang put together a defense that helped the Rebels make back to back appearances in the state class 5A semifinals. During Rang’s 2 years as the defensive coordinator, West compiled a 22-6 overall record, and his defense created 81 take aways in 2 years. Coincidentally, Rang’s last game with the Rebels was a 29-6 loss at Powell on November 25.
Rang played high school football at Maryville High School for George Quarles, and was part of Red Rebel state championship teams in 2000, 2001, and 2002.
After graduating from Maryville High, Rang continued his education and football career at hometown Maryville College. Rang played linebacker for the MC football team.
Although the 2011 season marked only the 5th year that Rang has been in coaching, he has served as a defensive coordinator for 3 of those 5 years. Rang began his coaching career at Anderson County High School – serving as an assistant there for 2 years. He then moved on to South-Doyle, where he was the defensive coordinator for a year, before moving on to West in the same coaching staff position.
The 2012 Panthers will return 7 players who started the state championship game against Henry County on December 2 – 4 on offense, and 3 on defense, plus first team All State defensive back Jonathan Strozyk, who missed the playoffs after suffering a season ending knee injury. A large number of lettermen return – many of whom played key roles in the Panther’s 14-1 season of 2011, and were 25-2 over the last two years.
Spring practice dates will be finalized in the next few days.