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Home Sweet Home: Issac Shelby Hired as Clarksville High Head Football Coach

Clarksville High School holds a special place in Isaac Shelby's heart.

It's a family affair for Shelby who played football at Clarksville and graduated from there in 2001.

Shelby's father and grandfather also played for the Wildcats.

On National Signing Day, Shelby was introduced as the new head coach at Clarksville.

"It's a really good job and it shouldn't come open that often,"Shelby said.
"So when it does you have to take advantage of it and I'm thrilled to be going home."

"But it's very bittersweet because everyone at a Northeast is great and I have a lot of good memories of my time there."

Shelby, 30, replaces Ken Busbee who resigned back in December after the Wildcats finished 4-6 in 2013, Busbee had a 14-17 record in his three years as head coach.

The Wildcats have missed the Class 5A playoffs the last two seasons and former head coach Derek Crass had been serving as the interim coach.

"We are excited to welcome Isaac Shelby back to Clarksville High School," Clarksville Athletic Director Shannon Cummings said. "He's coming back home."

Shelby on the other hand complied a 32-20 record in his four years at Northeast, which included a 5A semifinal run last year.

Under Shelby, Northeast has made four playoff appearances including two trips to the 5A Quarterfinals (2010 and 2012), a second round trip in 2011, to go along with the semifinal appearance in 2013.

Before being the head coach, Shelby was the Offensive Coordinator at Northeast in 2008 and 2009.

Besides playing at Clarksville he also served as an assistant coach for four seasons under coach Jim Snider.

Currently there are open jobs at Northeast, Pickett County, Hickman County, Hixson, Whitwell, Middle Tennessee Christian, Clay County, Bolivar, Fairley, Ezell Harding, Nashville Overton, Marion County, Chattanooga Central and Jackson Christian as schools currently looking for a head coach.

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