McNairy Central announces new head coach

Jeff York

McNairy Central announces new head coach

McNairy Central will introduce their new football coach on Thursday at the Gridiron Association meeting at 5:30 p.m. in the MCHS Commons. An excited group of Bobcats fans will be on hand to welcome new coach Chad Hodge to the Blue Nation. 

McNairy County Director of Schools John Prince said there 20 high quality coaches that applied for the position. There were five finalists interviewed last Monday and the decision was announced last Tuesday. 

Hodge, was most recently the assistant head coach and defensive coordinator for the Dresden Lions. He hails from Bruceton where he played under coach Rod Sturdivant. Hodge has 13 years of experience coaching football, and his tenure includes stops at Henry County High School and Dresden. While at Henry County, Hodge served as assistant head coach under Joe Gaddis, one of the premier head coaches in Tennessee. Coach Hodge’s overall record as a coordinator is 90-27, while winning 18 of 27 playoff games. 

Coach Hodge was an assistant at Dresden under his brother Keith Hodge, who left Dresden after this past season to become head coach at Murray High in Kentucky. 

The new head coach is ready to go to work for the Bobcats and begin getting ready for the 2014 season. 

“Chad displays the passion, work ethic and drive that we want for the football program at McNairy Central,” commented Prince. “He has coached at two programs that were in low spots when he got there and helped them become shining spots in West Tennessee football.” 

Charlie Dampeer was told last month that his contract was not going to be renewed for next year. The Bobcats were 3-7 last season and 5-15 in Dampeer’s two seasons as coach of the Bobcats. 

“We wish Coach Dampeer the best in his next endeavor,” said Prince. “We felt the football program at McNairy Central needed a new sense of urgency and that tone has to be set by the head coach.” 

The Bobcats new coach will have to reverse a program that has posted five straight losing seasons. McNairy last had a winning season in 2008.