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Long Time Over Due: Jeff McMillan Named Head Coach At Alma Mater Carter

Longtime assistant football coach Jeff McMillan only wanted to be head coach at one school.

Privately he thought his time as a head coach would never come.

But today his dream was realized as he was named the new head coach at Carter.

For McMillian, the Carter job is special because he is a 1977 graduate of the school.

In short, he's going home as he lives only two miles from the Strawberry Plains school and McMillian is tied to the Strawberry Plains community in more ways then one.

His wife Sharon teaches has taught third grade at Carter Elementary School for nearly 30 years while his dad Walter is a retired Carter Middle School Principal.

"I'm very humbled to be able to go home," McMillan said. "It's like I told my players at Fulton today, Carter is the only job I would have left Fulton for."

McMillan, 54, replaces Heath Woods who resigned after being the head coach the last 12 seasons.

Woods led the Hornets to a 9-2 record in 2013 and made the 4A playoffs.

McMillan just finished his third season as Defensive Coordinator at Fulton where the Falcons have won back to back Class 4A titles.

Although the Fulton offense grabbed all the headlines scoring a TSSAA record 931 points this season McMillan's defense was stingy as well registering seven shutouts on the year and allowed only 9.6 points per contest.

Before coming to Fulton, McMillan served as Joel Helton's Defensive Coordinator at Knoxville Central for 24 years.

In a day and age where loyalty is severely tested as coaches move from place to place, McMillan is old school and has loyalty like no other.

"When I was at Central and Fulton I was comfortable and enjoyed everyone I worked with," McMillan said. "I'm a guy that doesn't need a title, I just want to coach football and impact young people's lives and I have loved my time at Central and Fulton, I couldn't have asked for anything more."

"But I'm really excited about coming back home and connecting with the community and people I haven't seen in a while, it's going to be a lot of fun."

Currently there are open jobs at Hickman County, Hixson, Whitwell, Middle Tennessee Christian, Clay County, Bolivar, Fairley, Clarksville Northwest, Ezell Harding, Red Bank, Bearden, 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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