It didn't take Meigs County principal Clint Baker long to find his new head football coach.
Eight days to be exact.
After Ricky Holliday stepped down last Tuesday, Baker went to work quickly.
On Tuesday, Meigs County announced that Jason Fitzgerald is the new head football coach.
Fitzgerald, just finished his second season at Hixson where he guided the Wildcats to a 16-8 record and two playoff appearances.
Last season, the Wildcats went to their first Quarterfinals in school history, a district 6-AA title, Fitzgerald leaves the Hixson program in good shape for a good run in 2014.
For Fitzgerald the move came down to several factors including getting close to home and getting back to the community feel.
Fitzgerald who played at Rhea County and coached there for 18 years including 10 as head coach will now travel 13 miles down the road to Meigs County instead of the nearly 70 miles total to Hixson as he was commuting.
"Obviously getting closer to home was a big draw to me, because the traveling gets old after awhile," Fitzgerald said. "But I also think that after taking to Mr. (Clint) Baker that the Meigs administration wants to win football games again and the community support is really good."
The Tigers went 2-8 last season and their last winning record was in 2007.
While at Rhea County as head coach (1999-2003, 2006-10) Fitzgerald led the Golden Eagles to four region titles and eight playoff appearances and a 66-49 record.
Currently there are open jobs at Hixson, Whitwell, Middle Tennessee Christian, Clay County, Bolivar, Fairley, Clarksville Northwest, Ezell Harding, Red Bank, Bearden, Carter, Perry County, Monterey, Clarksville, Halls, Unicoi County, Nashville Overton, Marion County, Kirby, Chattanooga Central, Jackson Christian, Knoxville Central and Richland as schools currently looking for a head coach.
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