Grant Reynolds had a big role in transforming the Boyd Buchanan football program into one of the best in the Chattanooga area the last two decades. First as the Defensive coordinator for the Buccaneers (1996-2005) as they posted a 95-36 record and made three straight Class 1A state title games winning the title in 2003.
Reynolds then was named head coach to succeed Robert Akins in 2006 and for the last decade saw the Buccaneers have a 80-39 record under Reynolds’ guidance. Besides being one the best programs in the area, Reynolds is also one of the most respected coaches in the state as well.
Now, Reynolds has resigned as the Buccaneers head coach and was named the new head football coach at Madison Academy, a 3A private school powerhouse in Huntsville, Alabama. Madison Academy’s board approved Reynolds hiring Tuesday night and he replaces Eric Cohu, who resigned last month to become the offensive coordinator and International ambassador to the Israel National team.
Madison Academy will move to Class 4A next season after dominating 3A, winning three straight state titles (2012-14) and appearing in a fourth as runner up in 2011. They have a 75-11 record since 2010 and Cohu was 87-12 in his time there.
“ It was a very tough decision to leave the people, players and coaches of Boyd Buchanan. We have been successful here because of the kids and their determination and effort and that will continue at Boyd Buchanan,” Reynolds said.
“Madison Academy is a great opportunity for me and my family and I feel the Lord will use me in a great way there to continue their great success on and off the field. I appreciate the Administration and Board at Madison Academy for giving me this opportunity and look forward to great success.”
The Buccaneers are coming off a region three title and an undefeated regular season and was 11-1 of the year. Under Reynolds, the Buccaneers made the playoffs every year and had four seasons (2008, 2009, 2011 and 2012) where they won ten or more games. The Buccaneers lost to Trousdale County 13-7 in the 2A state title in 2009, made the semifinals in 2010 and 2012 and the Quarterfinals in 2008 and 2011.
“Boyd-Buchanan would like to thank Coach Grant Reynolds for all he has done throughout the past 20 years in service to the school. We applaud his numerous professional accomplishments as assistant coach, defensive coordinator and head coach of BBS football. His personal and professional standards are held in high regard by his peers and the coaching community,” Boyd Buchanan headmaster Jill Hartness said.
“Coach Reynolds has left a lasting legacy with numerous young men and will be greatly missed, We are grateful to Grant and his family for their love and years of dedication to Boyd-Buchanan School and wish him all the best in his new coaching endeavor at Madison Academy.
There are 19 schools that are currently looking for a head coach they are: Boyd Buchanan, Whitwell, Howard, Gibson County, Sheffield, Dickson County, East Hickman, Hampton, Jackson North side, East Ridge, Chattanooga Central, CAK, Jackson County, Cumberland Gap, Ravenwood, Sunbright, Sullivan Central, West Creek and Westwood.
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