Independence Principal Todd Campbell was looking for a homerun hire to replace Kevin Dyson who is now at Stewart Creek as assistant principal and athletic director.
Hiring Scott Blade away from Oak Ridge definitely shows that Campbell hit a grand slam.
“We are very thrilled to have Coach Blade join the Independence Family as our head football coach,” Campbell said in a press release. “I think his overall record of 72 wins and 20 losses, as well as a state championship and other outstanding awards in a seven year span as a head coach, speaks volume about him and his formula for success. The Indy Nation can definitely look forward to some exciting football to come.”
Blade is a proven winner with a 72-20 overall record winning a Class 4A state title beating Maryville while head coach at Hillsboro in 2008 and had a 37-5 in three seasons in Nashville.
“Coach Blade brings a lot of championship experience and passion for the game of football to our program,” Independence Athletic Director Greg Glass said. “We are excited to have him take over our program and are confident that he will build on the success we’ve had. He is a classy, hardworking coach who will get the most out of his players.”
He moved to Oak Ridge for the 2009 season and immediately brought the Wildcat program back to prominence improving their record each year from 7-4 to 9-5 in 2010 to 9-4 in 2011 to 10-2 in 2012 which brought his overall record to 35-15 at Oak Ridge.
The year before Blade came to Oak Ridge the Wildcats went 4-6 in 2008, and Blade was able to improve Oak Ridge by three wins in 2009.
Oak Ridge won District 3-AAA and Blade was the district coach of the year last season.
The Wildcats made four straight Class 6A playoff appearances which included a Semifinal trip in 2010, a Quarterfinal trip in 2011 and a second round and first round appearance as well.
Blade came to Hillsboro from Canyon (California) High School where he was the assistant head coach and defensive coordinator from 2001-05.
Before working at Canyon he cut his teeth at two Junior colleges coaching at Glendale College and the College of the Canyons.
Blade who runs the Spread formation on offense will have some weapons at his disposal in Thompson Station with University of Tennessee commitment in junior Athlete Vic Wharton III and fellow junior and highly sought after safety RaShaan Gaulden.
Cornersville Promotes John Denton To Head Coach
Cornersville wasted little time naming Ray Stocstill’s replacement.
Cornersville assistant coach John Denton has been promoted and named as the successor to Stocstill who resigned earlier in the week.
“We moved John Denton to head football coach,” Cornersville Principal Bob Edens said. “He has been an assistant coach with Coach Stocstill for several years.”
“He knows the players, knows the game, and is a good people person that played high school and college football,” Edens said. “He and is an outstanding teacher in the classroom and on the field.”
Denton will have his work cut out for himself as Cornersville is coming off a 3-7 season and haven’t had a winning season since going 7-4 in 1994.
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