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Matt McConnell Tabbed As New Leader of Waverly Football Program

Being from the area was a big draw to Matt McConnell when he approached the Waverly opening.

Now McConnell who is from nearby Camden is the new head football coach at Waverly.

McConnell, 35, replaces Trey Graves who was the head coach for the last nine seasons and complied a 32-62 and took Waverly to three playoff appearances in 2005, 2006 and 2008.

McConnell will have his work cut out for him as the Tigers finished 1-9 last season and the last winning season for Waverly was 2006 when they went 7-4 and made the Class 3A playoffs.

"I wasn't looking for a reason to leave Brighton because I had a good situation there but this is a good opportunity," McConnell said. "I know where the Waverly program has been because growing up Waverly had a good program and that's where we want to get the program back to."

This will be McConnell's first head coaching job after serving as the defensive coordinator the last three seasons at Brighton.

Before Brighton, McConnell coached at Dyersburg in 2010 and started his career under the guidance of Bobby Sharp at Lewis County for seven years from 2003-09.

The last two years in 2008-09, he served as the Panther defensive coordinator.

Currently there are open jobs at Munford, Fairley, Clarksville Northwest, Ezell Harding, Forrest, Red Bank, Briarcrest, Bearden, Carter, Perry County, Powell, Monterey, Warren County, Clarksville, Halls, Raleigh Egypt, Unicoi County, Nashville Overton, Marion County, Davidson Academy, Kirby, Chattanooga Central, Jackson Christian, Knoxville Central and Richland as schools currently looking for a head coach.

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