The local sports landscape has been filled with coaching changes over the past few months, and high school athletics haven’t been excluded. Here are some moves and names to keep an eye on for the 2014-15 school year.
Longtime Bobcats coach Terry Anderson retired less than a week after his team’s only loss — 17-14 to Independence in the second round of the Class 6A playoffs — ending an 11-1 season and a 20-year run at the school.
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His successor is Overton graduate Steve Williams, who has spent his career as an assistant at various Metro and Rutherford County schools. Williams takes over a program that has won 41 games over the past five years.
Wilson Central girls basketball
Bud Brandon’s unexpected resignation after 13 seasons, six Class AAA tournament berths and a pair of state championships opened one of the area’s top coaching spots.
Stepping into it is one of the area’s top coaches. John Wild, who spent the past two seasons on the Lipscomb University women’s staff, has won titles with Moore County’s boys (1999), Bradford’s girls (2000) and Riverdale’s girls (2012). Since reaching the 2011 Class AAA quarterfinals, Wilson Central is 46-35 with back-to-back District 9-AAA opening-round losses.
Davidson Academy football
Former McGavock, MTSU and seven-year NFL quarterback Jonathan Quinn has been named the Bears’ new coach, following Paul Townsend’s departure. Quinn spent the past five seasons as coach at NAIA MidAmerica Nazarene in Kansas, going 45-13.
Davidson Academy won DII-A titles in 2005, ’06 and ’08, but it has won just 11 games over the past three years. Joining Quinn is his son Dakota, a 6-foot-8 rising senior quarterback who has basketball offers from Lipscomb, Northern Kentucky and Binghamton.
M.L. King boys basketball
Doc Shelton put MLK hoops on the map in the 1990s, winning a Class A championship in 1991 and a Class AA title in 1996 and making five other state tournament appearances over a 25-year career. He announced his retirement at the start of an 11-13 season, marking the Royals’ fifth straight sub-.500 finish and finishing with an all-time record of 414-278.
Playing in a competitive District 10-AA, MLK has had just two winning records since its 2005 Class AA semifinal appearance. Shelton’s successor remains unnamed.
Brad Myers announced over Memorial Day weekend that he would be stepping down after 21 seasons to take a similar position with Grace Academy in Leiper’s Fork just outside Franklin. Myers won more than 400 games at BGA, including a Division II-AA title in 2012. The Wildcats, who advanced to this year’s DII-A tournament but went 0-2, have yet to begin the process of identifying their next coach.
Barely a week removed from an appearance in the Division II-A tournament — the 18th appearance over 30 years — Don Freudenthal announced his retirement to concentrate on his duties as the school’s athletics director. Freudenthal, 67, won 809 career games and 13 state titles while leading the Lady Eagles to 16 championship games. The school has yet to announce Freudenthal’s successor.
Richie Estep, who won 462 games with the Cougars, has taken the coaching position at Columbia Academy. Estep is a charter member of CA’s athletic hall of fame, a three-sport standout and a 1993 graduate.
In 14 years at Goodpasture, Estep had 35 players sign college scholarships while leading his teams to 10 seasons with 30-plus wins and 10 state tournament berths. The Cougars won championships in 2004 (Class A), 2007, ’08 and ’12 (Class AA) and were AA runners-up in 2013. A search is ongoing for the school’s next coach.
KEY HIGH SCHOOL DATES
Tuesday-Thursday: Board of Control meeting
June 22-July 5: Dead period all sports
July 21: Golf season begins
July 28: First football practice
Aug. 11: Board of Control meeting
Aug. 18: Volleyball, girls soccer, cross country seasons begin
Aug. 21-23: Week Zero for football
Reach Maurice Patton at 615-259-8018 and on Twitter @mopatton_sports.