In a stunning move that shocked many on Thursday, Briarcrest has announced that Major Wright will not be retained as head football coach.
"Briarcrest is just taking a different direction with our football program," Briarcrest Director of Communications Beth Rooks said. We wish Major the very best."
It is unclear whether or not he will continue to serve as the Dean of Students at Briarcrest as Attempts to reach Wright via email and telephone were unsuccessful.
Despite a 4-7 record this season, the Saints finished runner up in Division II-AA West region behind champion Memphis University School.
They also defeated Christian Brothers for the first time since 2008 and for only the third time in school history.
They were beaten by Brentwood Academy in the Quarterfinals this year.
Wright just completed his sixth season at Briarcrest and had a 38-30 record with the Saints.
The Saints made the Quarterfinals three times (2009, 2012 and 2013) in Wright's tenure.
He also has a 91-61 overall coaching record in stints at Briarcrest and White Station.
Before coming to Briarcrest in 2008, Wright turned around the White Station program after going 3-17 in his two years including losing his first 14 games.
Wright went 52-31 in seven years at White Station and the Spartans made five consecutive Class 5A playoff appearances (2003-07).
The Spartans finished 12-2 and reached the Class 5A Semifinals in 2006 and had an undefeated regular season while making the Quarterfinals and going 12-1 in 2007.
Wright started his coaching career as an assistant at MUS from 1997 until 2001.
So far this offseason Portland (Greg Cavanah), Coffee County (Ryan Sulkowski), Howard (Mark Teague), Karns (Tobi Kilgore) and Lenoir City (Jeff Cortez) as schools who have already hired new coaches.
There are now 22 schools in Briarcrest, Bearden, Carter, Perry County, Powell, Monterey, Warren County, Clarksville, Halls, Raleigh Egypt, Unicoi County, Nashville Overton, Marion County, Davidson Academy, Waverly, Kirby, Chattanooga Central, Jackson Christian, Knoxville Central, Seymour, Summit and Richland as schools currently looking for a head coach.
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