After 14 years coaching football as an assistant at Tennessee high school, Mike Mays has been hired as the new head football coach.
It will be his first head coaching job.
Mays who came to Bristol from Volunteer high school in 1999 and has served as the Viking Defensive Coordinator since 2004 replaces Shane Boggs.
Boggs resigned to take the Brookwood (GA) job and went 13-10 in two seasons in Bristol.
The Vikings are coming off a 8-5 season in 2012 after missing the playoffs for the first time since 1999 in 2011.
Tennessee High made the Class 5A Quarterfinal round in 2012 where they were defeated by Powell.
"I am humbled and honored to be chosen to lead Tennessee High and to continue its great tradition," Mays said in a press release.
"I am honored to represent the school and the community, as well as all the former coaches at Tennessee High. I can’t wait to get to work."
Mays is a Farragut graduate and played collegiately at East Tennessee State University as a defensive back.
"We feel that we are hiring a tremendous young man to lead this program," Tennessee High Athletic Director Paul Pendleton said. He has great energy, and he is well-respected in the community. He has a real passion for the game, but most importantly, he has a passion for kids. We are fortunate to have someone with his background and knowledge of the game.”
Mays becomes the 22nd coach in Tennessee High School history and the third coach since 2010 to assume the reigns.
Spivey Hired As McKenzie Defensive Coordinator
Former South Fulton head coach Kelly Spivey has been hired as the new Defensive Coordinator at McKenzie, his alma mater.
Spivey spent five seasons as the head coach at South Fulton where he complied a 25-29 record and took the Red Devils to the Class 1A playoffs in 2009, 2010 and 2011.
Now Spivey is going back home.
"The lure of going back home and to a place where I know that football is a high priority in the community were the two major things to help me to make the decision,” Spivey told The Union City Messenger. “Tradition is big to me. That the program in McKenzie has always been important to the town and will continue to be was huge.
Spivey will be in charge of a defense that allowed 31 points a game as the Rebels went 2-8 and missed the playoffs for the first time in 15 years.
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