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Brad Taylor Steps Down at Bearden After Seven Years as HC

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For Brad Taylor it was all about timing.

On Thursday, Taylor submitted his resignation as head football coach at Bearden high school after 11 total years as a coach at the school.

The last seven seasons, Taylor was the head coach and complied a very impressive 54-28 record for the Bulldog program which thrived under his leadership.

"I really think it was the right time for me to step away both personally and professionally," Taylor said. "We have had a good run here at Bearden since I've been here and I think the program is ready to take another step forward."

"But for me, it's the perfect time to take a step back."

The Bulldogs made the playoffs six straight years (2007-2012) under Taylor and reached the Class 5A Semifinals in 2007 where they were defeated by eventual champion Smyrna 17-14.

The Bulldogs had a 6-6 playoff record under Taylor.

Before Taylor took over the program, Bearden had just three playoff wins overall.

Taylor started his coaching career as an Graduate Assistant at Tennessee Tech in 1999-2000 before coming to Bearden in 2001 where he stayed until 2004.

In 2005, Taylor went to Christian Academy of Knoxville for one year as an assistant before coming back to Bearden in 2006.

He took over the Bearden program in 2007 after the sudden death of legendary coach Bill Wilson.

"It is with great regret that I announce Brad Taylor, head football coach at Bearden High School, resigned his position this morning," Bearden Athletic Director Morgan Shinlever said via press release. "Coach Taylor felt it was time to step back and wanted to see the program continue to grow."

So far this offseason Portland (Greg Cavanah), Coffee County (Ryan Sulkowski), Howard (Mark Teague), Karns (Tobi Kilgore) and Lenoir City (Jeff Cortez) as schools who have already hired new coaches.

There are now 21 schools in Bearden, Carter, Perry County, Powell, Monterey, Warren County, Clarksville, Halls, Raleigh Egypt, Unicoi County, Nashville Overton, Marion County, Davidson Academy, Waverly, Kirby, Chattanooga Central, Jackson Christian, Knoxville Central, Seymour, Summit and Richland as schools currently looking for a head coach.

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