Josh Zettergren has been the offensive coordinator at Trinity Christian Academy for the past four years.
He told the head coach Blake Butler and the Lions’ players last week he’s leaving the school to take a similar position at St. George’s.
“It’s a good opportunity for me,” Zettergren said. “I’ve enjoyed my time here at TCA working with some great players and great people here at the school.
“I appreciate Coach Butler for giving me the opportunity, and it’s been great to see what we’ve been able to do here.”
Zettergren’s exit means Butler will essentially overhaul his coaching staff after defensive coordinator Carson Hunter announced two weeks ago he was leaving to become the new head coach at Rossville Christian.
“It says a lot about what your program has accomplished when coaches are getting opportunities like Josh and Carson have gotten,” Butler said about his exiting coaches. “It’s like with your athletes, when they’re ready to move on to the next assignment to continue their development, then you’re proud of them for getting there but hate to lose them.
“Hopefully these guys going to these jobs will motivate some good coaches to come to TCA to continue to develop as a coach and see where that leads them.”
TCA athletic director Ken Northcut said Butler is handling all the decisions on the hires for the next coaching staff and hopes to have some in place before summer workouts begin in June. Both coaches are helping the Lions go through spring practice.
More offers for local athletes
Jackson Central-Merry linebacker Austin Parker, University School of Jackson offensive lineman Trey Smith and Haywood defensive lineman Emmit Gooden received new college scholarship offers in recent days.
Gooden is listed as the top prospect for the state of Tennessee for next year’s signing class. According to his Twitter, he had representatives from the University of Memphis at the Haywood spring scrimmage Saturday afternoon. He also received visits at school from Texas A&M and Mississippi State, two other schools he already has offers from.
Gooden found out last week he’s one of 400 football players in the country on the nomination list to play in the U.S. Army All American Bowl. Former Jackson Christian player Drae Bowles played in the same bowl game in Texas after the 2011 season.
Parker received his first offer from Ohio Valley Conference team Jacksonville State. JCM head coach Orentheus Taylor said he’s getting added interest from other OVC-level schools and hopes to get more in the summer after he attends on-campus camps. He went for a visit at Tennessee last fall and Memphis and Ole Miss earlier this year.
After receiving offers from Florida State and Southern Cal in late April, Smith was offered by Alabama last week. He was named the top lineman in his class when he attended camps at Alabama in both of his middle school years. Smith will be a junior this fall.
Smith’s quarterback, Easton Underwood, has three offers on the table with interest from other schools. The three offers he has at this time are from Southern Miss, Purdue and BYU. Other schools interested in him range from Alabama and Vanderbilt in the SEC to Wake Forest in the ACC along with Memphis, SMU and Samford. Underwood was the All-West Tennessee first-team quarterback last year as a junior.
TCA linebacker Andrew Goldsmith has received a few coach and scout visits in recent days from various teams including Vanderbilt, Samford and Memphis. Air Force and Navy offered him scholarships earlier in the year.
Lexington defensive lineman Tariquious Tisdale has three SEC offers from Tennessee, Ole Miss and Mississippi State. He’s put on a noticeable amount of muscle since the Tigers’ basketball season ended in early March, and head coach Bryant Hollingsworth said he and the entire roster at Lexington had a good spring.
College prospect combine Saturday
Bethel University’s Wildcat Stadium will host the inaugural West Tennessee Regional Prospect Showcase presented by Southern Elite Combine Series and 247Sports Saturday for athletes who will be in grades 9-12 in the 2015-16 school year.
Prospects will undergo testing in the 40-yard dash, L-drill, 5-10-5 shuttle, vertical jump, broad jump and bench rep max. They will also undergo position-specific skill evaluation with coaching included.
There will also be the opportunity to be a part of high-intensity one-on-one drills, and awards will be given for top performers with an individual award given to the top performer regardless of position — the Combine King.
Those top performers will then have media opportunities and recruiting profiles created on 247Sports.com.
This event is limited to the first 200 entrants, and the registration cost is $75.
To begin the registration process, an athlete’s name, position, graduation year, school and cellphone number need to be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Brandon Shields is the high school sports columnist for The Jackson Sun. Contact him at 425-9751 or at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @JSEditorBrandon or on Instagram at jacksonsunsports.