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Chad Hodge Hired to Take Over McNairy Central Football Program

It didn't take McNairy Central long to find a football successor to Charlie Dampeer.

A Couple of weeks after McNairy County School Superintendent John Prince told Dampeer his contract wouldn't be renewed, the Bobcats have named former Dresden defensive coordinator Chad Hodge as the new head football coach.

Hodge served the Lions defensive coordinator under his brother Keith at Dresden before Keith Hodge left to coach Murray County (KY) high school earlier this offseason.

The Bobcats are coming off back to back losing seasons under Dampeer as they were 3-7 last season and Dampeer was 5-15 in his two seasons in Selmer.

"We interviewed some really good candidates but Chad really stood out because he had a definite plan on what direction the program was headed and he has so much enthusiasm," McNairy Central school superintendent John Prince said.

"I know that Chad will not only do a lot for the football program but he will put his mark on the school as a whole because of his passion for teaching as well."

The last winning season for McNairy come back in 2008 when the Bobcats went 6-5 and made the Class 3A playoffs.

This will be Hodge's first head coaching job after assistant coaching stints at Lexington (2001) and Henry County (2002-08) as well as Dresden (2009-13).

"I'm so excited about getting started, I can't wait to hit the ground running,"
Hodge said.

Hodge who teaches AP Biology and AP Chemistry at Henry County wants to make the McNairy Central student athlete a more well rounded person.

"I feel like I bring a lot to the table not just in coaching but also in the classroom, I have a real passion for teaching kids."

"I want to make the football program at McNairy Central one that people respect and they talk about because we are doing positive things on and off the field."

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