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Hard Work Pays Off: Kraig Campbell Hired As Ezell Harding Head Football Coach

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Kraig Campbell has performed a lot of different jobs in his 21 year coaching career.

Position coach, offensive and defensive coordinator and now Campbell can add another title to his resume.

Campbell has been announced as the new head football coach at Ezell Harding.

It will be the first head coaching job for Campbell who has served as the Defensive Coordinator at Red Bank last season.

In his previous 12 years at Red Bank, he has also served as the Offensive Coordinator for the Lions as well.

"Ezell-Harding Christian School is pleased to announce the hiring of Kraig Campbell as its next head varsity football coach," Ezell Harding Headmaster Ronald Rummage said.

He replaces Calvin Hall who was let go after posting a 7-12 record over the past two seasons.

The Eagles are coming a 2-8 season that led to Hall's dismissal.

"I am extremely excited to get the opportunity to become the head football coach at Ezell Harding," Campbell said.

"Being an assistant coach for 21 years, I feel that I am looking forward at the chance of running a program and getting involved in the Ezell Harding community as well as the Nashville community."

Campbell has served as offensive coordinator at Warren County, Soddy Daisy and Red Bank and has coached at Tyner, Chester County and his alma mater Boyd Buchanan.

He started his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Tennessee Tech for two seasons before going to the high school ranks.

Currently there are open jobs at Mt. Juliet Christian, York, Northeast, Pickett County, Chattanooga Christian, Hickman County, Hixson, Whitwell, Middle Tennessee Christian, Bolivar, Fairley, Chattanooga Central and Jackson Christian as schools currently looking for a head coach.

Legendary Coach John Tucker Passes Away

The state of Tennessee lost a great high school football coach on Sunday as legendary coach John Tucker passed away at his home surrounded by family and friends.

Tucker, 80, was a head football coach at Parsons (now Decatur Riverside in 1955), Tiptonville (now Lake County in 1956-58), Howenwald (now Lewis County in 1959-1963), Dickson (now Dickson County in 1964-68), Milan (1969-1993) Gibson County (1994) and Humboldt (1995-97) in his 42 year head coaching career.

Tucker had huge success at Milan (1969-1993) where he led the Bulldogs to two Class AA state titles in 1971 and 1977 and a runner up finish in 1993.

He posted a 226-61-2 record in Milan along with 17 playoff appearances and 13 seasons with a least 10 wins.

Tucker also had success at Humboldt where in his first year led the Vikings to a Class 3A runner up finish.

At the time of his retirement after the 1997 season, Tucker was the winningest coach in TSSAA history with a 332-132-10 record which is a .711 winning percentage.

He is currently fourth on the All Time Wins List behind Ken Netherland, Carlton Flatt and Gary Rankin.

He was inducted into five Hall of Fames including the TSSAA Hall of Fame, the Jackson-Madison County Sports Hall of Fame, the National Athletic Coaches Association Sports Hall of Fame, the Gibson County Sports Hall of Fame and the Bethel College Sports Hall of Fame.

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