It’s only been one season since District 8-A powerhouse Trousdale County took home its last state championship in football, but the Yellow Jackets believe they have found the man to help them capture their 10th state championship.
Trousdale County hired former Crockett County offensive coordinator David Barker Wednesday to take over the reins of its football team and help the Yellow Jackets get back to Cookeville.
“It’s a great honor for me to be given the opportunity to coach at such a tradition-rich program, and I’m probably more excited than most people would be to get a job opportunity,” Barker said. “It’s a great opportunity (at Trousdale County) – one of the more storied programs in the states.”
A graduate of Dresden High School and a UT-Martin alum, Barker comes to Trousdale County with 13 years of coaching experience under his belt. He started as a defensive coordinator for Union City in 2002. Barker took the same position at Ripley High School in 2008 before joining Crockett County in 2009.
“Our football family is going to like what they get with David Barker,” Principal Clint Satterfield said in a press release. “He has a blue-collar work ethic that Trousdale Countians will appreciate.”
Barker didn’t leave Crockett County without some resistance.
“I don’t mind telling you we tried to keep him, but this is something he’s dreamed about for years that he couldn’t pass up,” Crockett County football coach Kevin Ward said.
However, Ward said Barker is more than ready to make the jump from assistant to head coach.
“When you’re going to a program that’s already established you don’t have to build a culture or create a winning environment,” Barker said. “Those expectations are already there, and I think it’s something that’s going to make my job easier.”
Barker will have big shoes to fill. He replaces Kevin Creasy, who led Trousdale County to four state championships and two undefeated seasons in his seven years at the helm of the program.
Creasy left to take over the Oakland football program last month. In his time there he led the Yellow Jackets to a state championship in 2005, 2008, 2009 and 2013 and took them to the postseason in each of his seven years, leaving the program with a 79-12 record.
“They’ve made deep runs in the playoffs, they have high expectations, the facilities are great, and that makes transition a lot easier,” Barker said. “I don’t anticipate a lot of change. I have a similar philosophy in how you play the game of football, and (Trousdale County has) done it for years.
“I’m just looking forward to getting to work.”
Gannett Tennessee’s Brandon Shields contributed to this story.