After two seasons of elevating the Forrest football program, Matt Kriesky is ready to take over a bigger program. On Tuesday, Kriesky was named the new head football coach at Centennial replacing Brian Rector who resigned last month after five successful seasons.
Kriesky, 33, led the Rocket program to a 17-5 record over the last two seasons which included a 10-2 record this season and two Class 2A playoff appearances. The Rockets won ten games for the first time in school history and won a first round playoff game defeating Bledsoe County 28-13.
“I enjoyed every second of my last three years at Forrest,” Kriesky said. “I want to thank the administration, the parents, the community and more importantly the kids for buying in to what we doing and that’s why we had the success there.”
“Coach Rector do one a great job at Centennial and the kids know how to win and I want to come in and keep that excellence going.”
He will take over a Centennial program that thrived the last five seasons under Rector posting a 41-20 record in that time including back to back ten plus win seasons. The Cougars made school history in 2015, making the Class 5A semifinals for the first time and posting a 12-2 record on the year.
“We are excited to have Coach Matt Kriesky at Centennial to build upon the great football tradition that has been established here. He’s had great experiences working in winning programs at Oakland and Forrest and is a great fit for our community. We can’t wait to see the success that awaits our young men under his leadership,” Centennial Principal Leigh Webb said.
Kriesky started his coaching career in Rutherford county at Blackman in 2006 before moving on to Oakland in 2007 for six seasons (2007-12) before taking his first coordinator job at Forrest in 2013 as he led the Rocket defense.
“Matt Kriesky has been nothing but a positive influence on our Forrest football program. His discipline, winning attitude, endless drive and character is all an administration can ask for,” Forrest AD Scott Dell said.
“Coach K has been a complete asset to this team, school and the community of Chapel Hill. Matt will be missed and we wish him and his family the absolute best.”
There are 16 schools that are currently looking for a head coach they are: Forrest, Jackson County, Karns, Spring Hill, Moore County, Cumberland Gap, ECS, Ravenwood, Cloudland, Father Ryan, Sunbright, Sullivan Central, McNairy Central, West Creek, White County and Westwood.
National Signing Day is less than two weeks away and 17 players have recently committed and here’s an update. Austin Peay has hit the ground running under new head coach Will Healy grabbing eight commitments since being hired on December including six in state guys.
*McCallie teammates Jayvaughn Craig and Corey McDonald both gave their commitments to the Governors on Sunday. The Governors also secured a commitment from Brentwood Academy defensive back Trent Taylor joining Stratford wide receiver Corey Simmons, Blackman running back Taeler Dowdy and Jefferson County athlete Gorel Soumare as in state commitments since Healy’s hiring.
*A pair of East Ridge linebackers in Quasey Vinson and Jeremiah McKibbon both committed to the University of the Cumberlands. Both were impact players for the Pioneers who had an undefeated regular season and a 12-1 record on the year.
“I believe that University of the Cumberlands are getting two tremendous student-athletes. Both of them will do amazing things there and I look for them to play early,” East Ridge head coach Tracy Malone said.
*Brentwood Academy defensive tackle Brandon Adams who had been committed to Vanderbilt since July has decommitted from the Commodores and has committed to Georgia Tech.
*Tennessee Tech picked up three in state commitments as Notre Dame defensive back Ricky Ballard, Oakland offensive lineman Hudson Smith and Blackman offensive lineman Matthew Leifheit all committed to the Golden Eagles and new coach Marcus Satterfield.
“Ricky is an exceptional young man who has tremendous character. He led our team by his work ethic and Tennessee Tech is getting a player who will be instrumental in helping them turn that program around,” Notre Dame coach Charles Fant said.
*Maryville wide receiver Kelby Brock has committed to Mercer after a sensational senior season as Brock caught 61 passes for 1,443 yards and 13 touchdowns as the Rebels finished runner up to Ravenwood in Class 6A.
*Bailey Byrum, an all state offensive lineman from Sweetwater has committed to Western Carolina. Byrum (6-6, 305) chose Western Carolina over offers from Chattanooga, Cornell, Davidson, Jacksonville State, Tennessee Tech, UT-Martin and UAB.
*Alcoa defensive back Dustin Clabough will join Tornado teammate Ryan Clark and has committed to Virginia Military Institute. Clabough was a Class 3A Back Semifinalist for the 3A state champion Tornadoes.
*Lindsey Wilson got a pair of commitments from Oakland in defensive back Mark Pruitt and offensive lineman Benji Arnett while Riverdale quarterback Brandon Bea has committed to Western Oregon an NAIA school.
*Furman received a commitment from BGA linebacker Patrick Wells, while Tusculum got a commitment from Soddy Daisy offensive lineman Grant Cordell as well.
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