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Longtime Assistant Todd Roland Named Jackson Christian Head Football Coach

Todd Roland is a patient man.

When you have been an assistant coach for the last 21 of the last 23 years, you learn that great virtue.

For Roland, that patience has paid off as he has been named as the head football coach at Jackson Christian School, the school announced.

"I don't have the words to express my excitement for this opportunity to coach football and become part of the Jackson Christian family," Roland said.

"I believe that coaching young people is a sacred privilege. I am thankful to God every day for the opportunity to be on the field with other men who feel the same way and young people who are dedicated to something greater than themselves."

He currently teaches at his alma mater Boyd Buchanan, where he graduated in 1985 and where he has coached since 1990.

Roland replaces Matt Underwood, who resigned in November after the Eagles finished 3-7 in 2013.

Underwood is now the Offensive Coordinator at Harding University.

Although Roland hasn't been a head football coach before, he was the head baseball coach for the Buccaneers from 1991 until 1997 and he has also served as an assistant coach in basketball and wrestling as well.

"Months of prayer, listening and searching have led Todd Roland to us at this time," Jackson Christian Athletic Director Scott Gatlin said. "I believe he is God's man for this job."

Currently there are open jobs at Cascade, Mt. Pleasant, Brighton, Dresden, Mt. Juliet Christian, Northeast and Fairley as schools currently looking for a head coach.

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