After five seasons of leading the Jefferson County football program, Kenny Cobble has resigned and will coach linebackers on George Quarles’ staff at Maryville.
“It was such a tough decision to make to leave a program that has meant the world to me and my family,” Cobble said. “I’m very grateful to the administration at Jefferson County for giving me the opportunity to lead the program here and I’m very thankful to them.”
In his five years at Jefferson County, Cobble led the Patriots to the Class 6A playoffs three times (2011, 2012 and 2015) and complied a 24-29 record in Dandridge. The Jefferson County job was the first head coaching job for Cobble and the Patriots are coming off a 5-6 season after losing to Smyrna in the first round of the Class 6A playoffs.
Before coming to Jefferson County, Cobble had a successful run as an defensive assistant/Defensive Coordinator at Red Bank for nine years (2002-10). He started his coaching career at Loudon in 1998 and coached there for four seasons.
“We are very excited about the addition of Kenny to our staff,” Quarles said. “He is proven winner and an outstanding person who will be a great influence on our kids.”
Jefferson County will be looking for their sixth coach since 1982 after Craig Kisabeth (1982-2001), Scott Meadows (2002-03), Marty Euverard (2004-06), Justin Anderson (2007-10) and Cobble.
“I’m very excited about going and coaching with such a great job of guys that Coach Quarles has on his staff,” Cobble said. “People talk about all the titles they have won, I think that the titles are secondary because of the type of class people they are over there and I’m excited to be a part of it.”
Jefferson County will be looking to return the program to the prominence of Kisabeth’s tenure as the Patriots had eight consecutive 10 plus win seasons (1982-89), made two Class AAA title game appearances (1983 and 1987, winning the state over Gallatin in 1987), four Semi final trips (1982, 1984, 1985 and 1986) and Quarterfinal trips in 1988 and 1989. The 1987 state title team went undefeated at 15-0 and the Patriots complied a 97-12 record in those eight seasons.
Since 1990, the Patriot program has seen only two ten win seasons (1996 and 2012) and have suffered through 11 losing seasons. Jefferson County did make a Class 5A state title game in 1996 going 10-5 losing to Brentwood Academy in the finals.
Cobble is the second former head coach to be added to the Maryville staff as former Greenback head coach Jason Hicks was hired to the Rebels staff in February.
There are 11 schools that are currently looking for a head coach they are: Jefferson County, Dyer County, Stewart County, Antioch, Howard, Sheffield, East Hickman, Jackson North side, CAK and Westwood.
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