A year after coming to Monterey as the team's Offensive Coordinator, Scott Hughes has moved up the ladder again.
Now Hughes has been named the new head football coach for the Tigers.
Hughes replaces Billy Heady who resigned after a decade of running the program.
Heady was 51-55 in his 10 years as head coach and led the Wildcats to six playoff appearances (2004, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 and 2013) in his tenure.
The Wildcats won the district 7-A championship in 2013 and went 6-5 after losing to Fayetteville in the second round of the Class 1A playoffs this year.
Hughes started his coaching career at Cookeville where he spent seven years under former coach Jerry Joslin (now at Pope John Paul II) from 2006-2012.
"Its an honor and a blessing to be the new Head Football Coach at Monterey High School," Hughes said. "Monterey has a wonderful and supportive administration and when you partner that with a strong, close-knit, and supportive community its a special place to get to coach and be a part of."
"The young men in the program are very special and the most resilient group of young men that I have ever had the fortune of being around. I look forward to working with these young men daily because of their work ethic," Hughes continued.
Currently there are open head football coaching positions at Hickman County, Hixson, Whitwell, Middle Tennessee Christian, Clay County, Bolivar, Fairley, Clarksville Northwest, Ezell Harding, Red Bank, Bearden, Perry County, Clarksville, Unicoi County, Nashville Overton, Marion County, Chattanooga Central, Jackson Christian, Knoxville Central and Richland.
Recruiting Update: Several players have committed in the previous two weeks so here's a quick update as we are two weeks from signing day.
Devin Perry, WR, MUS- Perry just committed to North Carolina over Arkansas State, Indiana, Louisville, Mississipppi State, MTSU, Ole Miss and Vanderbilt.
The Division II-AA Mr. Football Back Finalist caught 58 passes for 1,007 yards and scored nine touchdowns.
James Prather, LB, MUS- The athletic linebacker made 92 tackles, 17 for loss and had eight sacks on the year and recently committed to Northwestern.
He chose the Wildcats over UConn, Navy, Memphis, Northern Illinois, South Alabama and Richmond.
Cornelius Sturghill, WR/DB, Melrose- Originally committed to Mississippi State but decommitted and will now head to Madison and the Wisconsin Badgers.
He chose the Badgers over UCLA, Arkansas State, MTSU, Mississippi State, Northern Illinois, Purdue and Vanderbilt.
He joins fellow Tennessean Baylor kicker Rafeal Gaglianone as recruits committed to Wisconsin.
Xavier Hawkins, WR, Fulton- Hawkins was a big reason that the Falcons won their second straight Class 4A title this year.
He committed to Oregon State after having a huge season that saw him have 1,879 total yards and scored 33 touchdowns on the year (22 receiving).
Parker Wade, OL, Ensworth- The son of Ensworth Offensive Coordinator Paul Wade recently committed to Navy over Brown, Air Force, Mercer and Austin Peay.
Penny Smith, QB, Fulton- Decommitted from Appy State commits to UTC
Trevor Wright, WR, Greeneville- UTC
DeJuan McQuarters, ATH- UTC
JuJuan Stinson, RB, Knox. Central- ETSU
Spencer Brien, LB, Gat. Pittman- ETSU
Austin Mosier, LB, Blackman- ETSU
Justin Brooks, OL, Melrose- Tennessee St.
Dell Porter, OL, Melrose- Tennessee St.
Matt Thompson, RB, Morristown East- Citadel
LeEarl Patterson, QB, Melrose- Arkansas Pine Bluff
Zach Rasmussen, DE, St. Benedict- UT Martin
Anthony Upchurch, DB, White Station- Missouri St.
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