Stewart's Creek Athletic Director Kevin Dyson wanted a veteran coach to lead his new football program into the future.
On Thursday, the Red Hawks hired former Goodpasture coach David Martin to be the first coach in school history.
Stewart's Creek is located in Northern Rutherford County and will open next fall with an enrollment of around 1,500 and will play in District 7-AAA along with Rutherford county schools Blackman, Riverdale, Oakland, Siegel, Smyrna and LaVergne.
"It was really attractive because not many coaches get to start their own program from scratch, from the ground up," Martin said.
"You are in it at ground zero and history will always show that you were the first to start the program."
Martin spent 21 seasons at Goodpasture and complied a 211-88 overall record and led the Cougars to three Class 2A state championships In 1995, 1999 and 2001.
He turned Goodpasture into a powerhouse as the Cougars also finished runner up in 1996, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2010.
The Cougars won 10 or more games, 10 times in his tenure and made the playoffs all 21 seasons he served as head coach.
Before Martin arrived at Goodpasture in 1992, the Cougars had only made the playoffs seven times in school history.
“Coach Martin’s experience, leadership, and impressive resume gave him the edge over some very qualified applicants," Dyson said. "Also, he brings instant credibility to the program and a winning tradition. The Red Hawks are excited to have Coach Martin as our inaugural head football coach."
Before coming to Goodpasture, Martin spent two seasons (1990-1991) at Westmoreland where he replaced current Mt. Juliet coach Roger Perry.
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