Dewayne Hatcher decided it was time to head back to Georgia.
But to do that he had to make a tough decision and has resigned as head football coach at Morristown East after eight seasons.
Hatcher, 56, transformed the Hurricane program in those eight seasons taking East to seven playoff appearances in eight years.
"Coach Hatcher has been a tremendous asset to our program," Morristown East Principal Gary Johnson said
"We are saddened by his leaving to take a coaching position in Georgia but He has strengthened our program and has moved it to a higher level. We wish him well."
He complied a 50-42 record over eight seasons which included a 10-1 record last season, East's first season in 6A.
The 10-2 record was the best single season since the Hurricanes won the Class AAA state title in 1969 when they finished that year 11-1.
Hatcher was the head football coach at Southeast Whitfield (GA) from 1997-2000 then was the offensive coordinator at Trion (GA) from 2001-05, before coming to Morristown.
Although he doesn't have a job nailed down in Georgia, he is working through a couple of options.
Currently there are open jobs at Morristown East, Cascade, Mt. Pleasant, Dresden and Mt. Juliet Christian as schools currently looking for a head coach.
Sanders Leaving BA at End of School Year
C. J. Sanders, who was a Division II-AA Mr. Football Back Finalist in 2013 is leaving Brentwood Academy at the end of the school year to return to Los Angeles as the family is moving back to California.
He is set to transfer to Notre Dame (CA) high school in Sherman Oaks.
Sanders, the No. 8 player in Rivals Tennessee state Top 25 rankings had a good 2013 season as he caught 52 passes for 734 yards and 17 total touchdowns.
He has current college offers from SEC schools Vanderbilt, Tennessee, Ole Miss and Mississippi State as well as Duke, Northwestern, Stanford, USC and Notre Dame.
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