The Hancock County football program had a historic season in 2015, winning five games and making the playoffs for the first time in school history. Despite the success of the year, it was a very trying, emotional one for head coach Phil Blevins.
Blevins the head coach for the last three seasons of the Sneedville program dealt with the death of his son Dakota, also the team’s starting quarterback and emotional leader during the season. The emotional roller coaster season has led to reflection and Blevins made the tough decision to step down as head coach of the Indian program.
“Really it was just personal reasons that I stepped down,” Blevins said. “It was a pleasure to lead the program at Hancock County for the past three years. I will miss the players and the family bond of our team. Much thanks and appreciation to the administration, community, parents and the student body for three years where I am proud of the development and growth of the program and each player. A big shout out to my wife for her support and involvement. I thank God for the opportunity this opportunity that he presented me.”
Hancock County didn’t waste anytime in the coaching search and have named defensive coordinator Brandon Gibbs the new head coach. The Indians made the Class 1A playoffs with a 5-5 record and was beaten in the first round by 1A state runner up Greenback.
“Mr. Blevins was a true asset to our football program. Simply put, he loves young people. Although his enthusiasm for the game of football and the interest in helping develop young people will be missed,” Hancock County principal Brian Greene said.
“We are terribly excited about the naming of Brandon Gibbs as our new head football coach. Mr. Gibbs has been with us for several years now. He has never shirked a responsibility. He is well liked and respected among his teaching companions as well as the students and he is a wonderfully logical choice and we are very fortunate to have him.”
How important to the growth of the program was the 5-6 record in 2015? Since started the program in 2007, the Indians have never won more than two games in a season and had a 11-65 record in that time.
This will be the first head coaching job for Gibbs who has been an assistant at Hancock County the last eight years and is excited about continuing to improve the program.
“I’m excited about the opportunity to be the head coach and look forward to the start of spring practice,” Gibbs said. “We will work hard in order to prepare to win football games. We will do everything with class and a high standard will be demanded.”
There are 18 schools that are currently looking for a head coach they are: Marion County, Jackson North side, East Ridge, Chattanooga Central, Riverdale, White House Heritage, Forrest, CAK, Jackson County, Spring Hill, Cumberland Gap, Ravenwood, Father Ryan, Sunbright, Sullivan Central, McNairy Central, West Creek and Westwood.
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