Marcus Blandingburg felt the pressure of coaching in college.
Blandingburg, 35, spent seven seasons (2006-12) as the Defensive backs, Special Teams coach and Recruiting Coordinator at Lagrange College in LaGrange, Georgia.
He needed a change and to reconnect with his wife, five year old twin boys and one year old daughter.
So he took a year off from football and taught PE at Oakhaven high school in Memphis this school year.
Now refreshed, reconnected with his family and reenergized he is back coaching football.
Blandingburg, 35 has been named as the new head football coach at Oakhaven.
"the break for me came at the right time," Blandingburg said. "The college game has become such a 24/7 thing that it takes away from your family and we had three small kids and I needed to be home more."
He replaces William Overton who resigned after going 2-18 in two seasons as the Hawks head coach.
The Hawks are coming off back to back 1-9 seasons after finishing 8-3 and making the playoffs in 2010.
"I'm really excited about the chance here at Oakhaven, the kids have been working hard and buying in to what we are teaching and that goes a long way," Blandingburg said.
Oakhaven will be Blandingburg's first head coaching job after assistant coaching stints at Dawson Street Christian Academy (Defensive Coordinator in 2005) and as a graduate assistant at Jacksonville State (2004).
He played high school ball at LaGrange (GA) High School and his college ball at Jacksonville State, where he was an All Conference defensive back.
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