Goodpasture was looking for the right fit for their football program after the resignation of David Martin a couple of months ago.
They found it in Leslie Mote.
On Monday, Mote was named to replace
Martin who was hired as the first head coach at new Rutherford county school Stewarts Creek last week.
“My family is very excited to be a part of a football program with such a rich history as Goodpasture,” Mote said “More importantly, we are excited to be a part of such a great Christian institution and we look forward to serving God as a part of the Goodpasture family.”
Mote served as Alabama Christian (AL) head coach the last two seasons after being the Defensive Coordinator in 2009 and 2010.
Alabama Christian, a Class 4A program in Montgomery, Alabama is coming off a 4-6 season and Mote was 9-11 in his two seasons as head coach there but his overall head coaching record is 63-73.
Mote is coming back to the Mid-State as he was the head coach at Columbia Academy for 11 seasons from 1998 until 2008.
He led the Bulldogs to four Class 1A playoff appearances (1999, 2000, 2005 and 2008) and had a record of 54-62 there.
After suffering through a 0-10 1998 season, he turned the Bulldog program around for the better posting back to back playoff appearances in 1999 and 2000.
The best season was in 1999 when the Bulldogs went 9-3 and defeated Clarksville Academy in the first round of the 1A playoffs.
But his next challenge will be his greatest one as Martin in his 21 seasons there turned Goodpasture into a juggernaut winning three state titles and making eight title games.
"We are very excited to welcome Coach Mote and his family to Goodpasture Christian School," Goodpasture President Ricky Perry said. "Our GCS administrative team is committed to providing Coach Mote with the necessary resources that have been instrumental in the culture of excellence that has marked our football program."
For Mote, he will have to get the Cougars back to their state title winning ways as they are coming off a 5-6 record.
Goodpasture will be dropping down in classification this season going from Class 3A to 2A.
Before coming to Columbia Academy he served as the Defensive Coordinator at West Memphis Christian (AR) and helped them win a state championship in 1996.
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