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Loyalty Rewarded: Chris Parker Named as New Head Coach At Halls

Chris Parker is a loyal guy and because of that loyalty it helped him land his first head coaching job.

Parker, 34, has been named as the new head football coach at Halls High School.

"I really felt that this was a home run job," Parker said. "It passed a couple of early tests for and it's closer to my home."

He replaces Chris Hurt who resigned after nine seasons at the helm with a 32-65 overall record.

The Tigers are coming off a 6-5 season and where beaten by Mitchell in the first round of the playoffs.

Parker just finished his 11th season at nearby Dyer County high school, and has served as the Choctaw Offensive Coordinator for the last five years.

Dyer County is the only place that Parker has coached.

"I was impressed with his football knowledge and his organizational skills," Halls Principal Andy Pugh said. "I also like the fact that he has been at the same place and not moved around a lot during his eleven years. Something else that really impressed me was that when I looked at his resume and during our two interviews I quickly realized that he was already familiar with and doing a lot of things that are usually considered the head coach's responsibility."

Parker takes over a program that has made the playoffs the last two seasons in 2012 in Class 1A and last season in 2A.

"The program being in good shape and on the up swing was obviously a draw for me," Parker said. "We can go in there and get them to the next level and that will be the goal from day one."

In 2012, the Tigers went 6-6 and won their first playoff game defeating Gleason 41-32 since 1990 when current Halls principal Pugh was the head coach.

Currently there are open head football coaching positions at Hickman County, Hixson, Whitwell, Middle Tennessee Christian, Clay County, Bolivar, Fairley, Clarksville Northwest, Ezell Harding, Red Bank, Bearden, Perry County, Monterey, Clarksville, Unicoi County, Nashville Overton, Marion County, Chattanooga Central, Jackson Christian, Knoxville Central and Richland.

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