After back to back Class 1A playoff appearances Chris Hurt has resigned at Halls High school to spend more time with family.
"Due to family commitments, I don't feel I can continue to commit the time and effort it takes to lead a successful high school program," Hurt said.
"Therefore, I have decided that now is a good time for me to step aside and let someone else have the opportunity to lead this program," Hurt continued. "I have three children, one about to enter high school, one entering 8th grade, and a third who will be entering 4th grade. I plan to step back and enjoy watching them grow and compete in high school."
Hurt just finished his ninth season at his alma mater as the Tigers head coach and despite a 32-65 overall record led Halls to six 1A playoff appearances (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2012 and 2013).
He has been an integral part of not only the football program but of the entire school," Halls principal Andy Pugh said. He has had a positive impact on both students and student athletes and The football program has shown continuous improvement the last few years due to his leadership and the work ethic of he and his staff.
The Tigers are coming off a 6-5 season where they beaten by Mitchell in the first round of the playoffs.
In 2012, the Tigers went 6-6 and won their first playoff game defeating Gleason 41-32 since 1990 when current
Halls principal Pugh was the head coach.
The first three seasons under Hurt, the Tigers only went 2-9 each season but made the playoffs all three years.
"We don't want to rush to just fill the position," Pugh said. "Finding the right person for the job is our goal."
Meanwhile in Chattanooga, Michael Calloway also resigned his post as head coach at Howard after three seasons.
"I'm 3-26. I figured I needed three years to get it done, and I had that," Calloway told the Chattanooga Times Free Press. "I'm a Howard graduate and I love the program. That said, I feel the program needs some fresh hands. The view I have is not working, and I've tried everything in my power."
The Hustling Tigers are coming off a 1-9 season in which their only win was Loudon.
The next coach will have his work cut as their last winning season was in 2008.
Halls and Howard are the 17th and 18th job opening already this season joining Raleigh Egypt, Unicoi County, Nashville Overton, Marion County, Davidson Academy, Waverly, Kirby, Chattanooga Central, Coffee County, Jackson Christian, Knoxville Central, Seymour, Karns, Portland, Summit and Richland.
Three Players Commit to Colleges
Baylor kicker Rafael Gaglianone, Grace Christian Academy tight end Andy Eddings and Fulton quarterback Penny Smith all have made their college commitments recently.
Gaglianone, who won the Mr. Football kicker of the year Monday has committed to the University of Wisconsin, while Eddings will play at Campbell University and Smith will play at Appalachian State.
Gaglianone scored 58 points on the season and hit 10 field goals and chose the Badgers over North Carolina State.
"He loved the facilities, coaches, and other players," Baylor coach Phil Massey said. "He personally felt that Wisconsin is a place where he can continue his growth in developing as a kicker and felt really comfortable around the team and the whole football environment."
"What Wisconsin saw was his raw leg strength and his willingness to continue to work hard and improve," Massey continued.
Eddings was a big cog in Grace Christian Academy's recent success as he led the Rams in all receiving categories as he caught 47 passes for 794 yards and seven touchdowns,
He chose Campbell University over an offer from Indiana State.
"Andy is an intelligent student athlete with great size and ability," GCA coach Randy McKamey said. "He's very coachable and very fast and has great hands, understands the game of football very well."
Penny Smith has been a big reason that Fulton will be playing for back to back a Class 4A state titles on Saturday against Giles County.
The Falcons have a 20 game winning streak which is the longest in the state.
Smith has passed for 2,040 yards and 30 touchdowns while rushing for 410 yards and five more touchdowns.
"Penny has been a great leader for us and he is a big piece of the puzzle that has helped us get to where we are," Fulton coach Rob Black said. "Penny is excited about Appy State and he has a very bright future."
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