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Chad Grabowski Hired as Lions Head Coach

After spending his first 13 years coaching high school football in the state of Florida, Chad Grabowski is headed to Tennessee.

Grabowski, 37, has been named as the new head coach at Red Bank.

"I am excited to be the new Head Football Coach at Red Bank High School," Grabowski said. "I look forward to being a part of the Red Bank community and working together to build the Red Bank football program into the successful program it can be."

He replaces E. K. Slaughter who resigned and now is the head coach at Heritage (GA) high school.

Slaughter finished 7-13 in his two years at Red Bank and the Lions were 3-7 in 2013.

"We are thrilled to welcome Coach Grabowski and his family to Red Bank. I am most impressed with his commitment to prepare his players for college both athletically and academically," Red Bank Principal Justin Robertson said.

"He has a proven record of developing players and helping them through the recruiting process. In his five years at Mount Dora, Coach Grabowski has consistently produced winning teams and twenty-six of his players have earned scholarships to play college football."

Grabowski comes to Red Bank after serving as the head coach at Mt. Dora (FL) high school the last five seasons.

He took the Hurricanes to three straight Class 5A playoff appearances (2010, 2011 and 2012) and despite a 6-4 record in 2013 missed the playoffs.

Before getting the job at Mt Dora, Grabowski spent eight years as an assistant coach at South Lake (FL) after graduating from Valdosta State.

Wright Hired at Northwest

Vernon Wright is a Clarksville native, played at Kenwood and knows about the Clarksville area.

That's what brought him back to Clarksville last season as he coached the offensive and defensive lines at Clarksville Northwest.

Now Wright who graduated from Kenwood in 2001 is the new head football coach at Northwest.

"Coach Wright's vision and detailed plan on molding our student-athletes at Northwest High School was the main reason why the administrative team decided to hire him to be our next football Coach," Northwest Athletic Director Marlon Heaston said.

He has coached at Austin Peay, Kenwood, North Greenville University (NC) (2007-08) and Methodist University (NC) (2009-12).

He replaces Chris Austin who resigned after going 2-18 in his two years as head coach.

Northwest is coming off a 1-9 season and the Vikings are 4-36 since their last winning season in 2009 as they went 7-4.

Currently there are open jobs at Pickett County, Hickman County, Hixson, Whitwell, Middle Tennessee Christian, Clay County, Bolivar, Fairley, Ezell Harding, Clarksville, Nashville Overton, Marion County, Chattanooga Central, Jackson Christian and Knoxville Central as schools currently looking for a head coach.

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