Keith Hodge is headed to the Bluegrass State to take over the Murray High School (KY) football program.
Hodge, 32, has resigned his post as head football coach at Dresden and will be introduced as the new head man at Murray at a press conference Friday afternoon.
"They (Murray) presented me an opportunity that after praying a long time about, I found was too hard to turn down," Hodge said.
"They really sold me on their approach to success and the pride and tradition that is there in the community and I decided I wanted to become a part of this close knit family."
Hodge, 32, complied an 18-6 record in his two seasons at Dresden and the Lions finished 7-4 in 2013.
He will replace Steve Duncan who resigned from Murray before Christmas after leading the Tigers to a 64-16 record in his six years as head coach.
Despite leaving Dresden, Hodge has great memories and is very thankful for the community support. "Dresden players, administration, and the community is what made this opportunity available for me," Hodge said.
"I’m very thankful for the support they have given me the last five years. "Everyone went out of their way to make me and my family feel at home and the current and former players at Dresden have really made a huge impact on my life."
Murray made the Class 2A playoffs all six seasons under Duncan which includes four Quarterfinal appearances and a Semifinal trip in 2011.
The Tigers who won 1A state titles back in 1961 and 1974 are coming off a 10-3 record and a loss to eventual 2A champion DeSales in the playoffs.
Hodge was the offensive coordinator at Dresden for three seasons (2009-11) under former coach Scott Hewett before taking over in 2012.
The Lions made the 2A Semifinals in Hodge's first year as head coach in 2012 and had a 11-2 record.
The Bruceton native started his coaching career at McMinn County from 2006-08 before heading back to West Tennessee.
Currently there are open jobs at Dresden, Brighton, 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.
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