EAGLEVILLE — Principal Bill Tollett removed the interim tag from Floyd Walker on Monday, making him Eagleville’s third head football coach in the program’s 12-year history.
Walker, a former MTSU and Eagleville assistant, replaces Steve Carson, who was fired as coach after eight seasons and seven straight playoff appearances.
“When you get into this profession, you always assume that at some point you’ll want to be a head coach,” said Walker, 50. “The intriguing thing about Eagleville is the kids. They are fun to be around.”
Tollett had tabbed Walker as the interim coach after Carson’s dismissal Nov. 9.
Walker played running back at MTSU before joining the Blue Raiders’ coaching staff under former coaches Boots Donnelly and Andy McCollum. Walker spent 14 seasons as an MTSU full-time assistant, coaching running backs, wide receivers, tight ends and outside linebackers.
He’s been on Eagleville’s coaching staff since 2010 and has coached wide receivers, quarterbacks and defensive backs in his tenure at the Rutherford County rural school.
Eagleville went 5-6 this past season, falling to top-ranked Boyd-Buchanan in the first round of the TSSAA Class 2A playoffs.
The Eagles had 29 freshmen and 12 sophomores from last year’s 56-man roster.
That group includes quarterback Ethan Cobb, who threw for 1,857 yards with 10 touchdowns and six interceptions in the regular season. Sophomore Graham Hatcher caught 52 passes for 919 yards, which led all Rutherford County receivers.
Tollett said the rest of the coaching staff has committed to coming back this year. That includes former MTSU assistant Tom Fiveash, Eagleville defensive coordinator Kent Pippenger, Alex Roberts and Billy Spann.
“He’s just real enthusiastic and a real fun guy to be around,” Tollett said of Walker. “He is a favorite among the other teachers and students, and he works well with other coaches.”
Walker said he will remain the school’s track and field coach.
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