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Excited To The Max: Munford Tabs J. R. Kirby as New Coach

J. R. Kirby couldn't hold his excitement, Wednesday morning.

He was literally like a kid in a candy store, but that happens when you get your first head coaching job.

Kirby was named the new head coach at Munford, after spending last season as the Special Teams Coordinator at Crockett County.

"Munford is a great place for my family and The community in Munford is wanting to have a successful program and they have all the resources for that to happen," Kirby said. "I'm excited about the opportunity to turn things around at Munford and I strongly believe that my staff and I are going to do that."

Kirby, 32, replaces Ahmaad Galloway who resigned after being suspended two weeks because of a urination incident halfway through the 2013 season.

Assistant coach Bernard Ivie took over for Galloway and led the team for the rest of the season as the Cougars went 2-8 on the year.

"We are happy to have a guy like J.R. to lead our program for years to come," Munford principal Courtney Fee said.

Kirby started his coaching career at Covington in 2006 before going to Ripley for the 2007-08 seasons.

While at Ripley, Kirby pulled double duty being the defensive coordinator at the high school and was the Lauderdale Middle School head football coach as well.

He then went to Haywood County as the Defensive Coordinator in 2009 before going to Covington for three seasons as Offensive Coordinator (2010-12).

While at Covington, Kirby was part of a program turnaround as the Chargers went 30-10 in his three years.

The Chargers made three class 4A playoff appearances including a trip to the 4A state finals and a 14-1 record in 2012.

The Charger offense averaged 38.5 points per game under Kirby's tutelage during their run to the state title game.

Kirby will try to steer Munford back to a winning season, something they haven't had since going 7-4 in 2007.

Currently there are open jobs at Clay County, Bolivar, Fairley, Clarksville Northwest, Ezell Harding, Red Bank, Briarcrest, Bearden, Carter, Perry County, Powell, Monterey, Clarksville, Halls, Unicoi County, Nashville Overton, Marion County, Davidson Academy, Kirby, Chattanooga Central, Jackson Christian, Knoxville Central and Richland as schools currently looking for a head coach.

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