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Memphis Academy of Health Sciences In Market For New Football Coach

Memphis Academy of Health Sciences are on the lookout for their third head football coach in three years with the recent resignation of coach Alvin Tolliver.

Tolliver went 3-7 in his only season as Lions coach.

"We are currently looking for a head coach of our football program," MAHS Athletic Director James Alexander said.

The Memphis Charter school just celebrated their tenth year as an academic institution and will be looking to get back to the Class 2A playoffs in 2014.

The Lions last made the playoffs under former coach Eric Martin in 2011 before he left the program a year later.

MAHS fielded their first varsity football team back in 2006.

Lancaster Christian Hires Simmons
Lancaster Christian, a small private school in Smyrna has hired Ryan Simmons as their new head football coach.

He replaces Rocky Peeler who led the Knights to a 10-1 record and the National Association of Christian Athletes (NACA) title in 2013, his only season at the helm.

Simmons, 38, served as the wide receivers coach at Valor Christian (CO) in 2013 and helped the private school juggernaut win their fifth consecutive state title in three different classifications (3A in 2009, 4A in 2010 and 2011, 5A in 2012 and 2013).

"LCA is a great place to be a first time head coach," Simmons said. "They have the pieces in place that are needed to begin building and sustaining a successful and recognized high school football program and I'm excited about the opportunity."

Before going to Valor he was an assistant coach at Cole College in Denver (CO) in 2012.

Lancaster Christian is a member of the NACA and not a member of the TSSAA.

Despite not being a member of the TSSAA, the Knights defeated Clay County, Jo Byrns, Gordonsville, Clarksville Northwest, Memphis Academy of Health Sciences, Houston County and Pickett County.

The Knights only loss on the year was against Class 3A state champion Alcoa by a 42-8 score.

The Knights actually are coming off back to back NACA titles having won in 2012 under then head coach Chad Watson.

"Lancaster Christian Academy is excited to announce Ryan Simmons as head football coach for 2014-2015," LCA Headmaster Ryan O'Dea said.

"Coach Simmons is excited to join the Lancaster Knights aspiring to build a first-class program raising young men in the Lord and to teach them how to win with humility and lose with dignity."

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