After nine years of taking the Christian Academy of Knoxville football program to new heights winning back to back Class 3A state titles in 2011 and 2012, Rusty Bradley has resigned his position and has confirmed he will take over the University School of Jackson program.
“Yes, I did resign at CAK and I’m headed to Jackson and take over a very proud USJ program,” Bradley said. “The last 13 years at CAK have been a blessing and have shaped me as a person and a coach and it’s in God’s plan for me to move on and I’m answering that call.”
USJ parted ways with long time coach Mickey Marley last month after the Bruins finished 9-4 and made the Division II-A semifinals. In 27 years of heading the USJ program, he complied a 245-91 overall record at USJ and took the Bruins to five state title games (1993, 1998 and 2000 in 1A, 2009 and 2011 in Division II-A).
“We were impressed by the success he’s had in his division and in the private school system,” USJ Athletic Director Jody Evans. “Rusty’s character, the way he runs his team, his offensive philosophy, all of these things make him a perfect fit for USJ.”
Before Bradley took over the Warrior program in 2007, he was the offensive coordinator at CAK (2003-06) and they made three playoff appearances (2003, 2005 and 2006) as the program was started on the varsity level in 2001. Bradley made the program into a state wide power that took 3A by storm as they won back to back titles in 2011 and 2012 and the Warriors made nine playoff appearances including six straight appearances to at least the Quarterfinal round (2010-15).
“Rusty Bradley is an awesome man of God who will be sincerely missed at CAK. He leaves behind a program of excellence, one that we are all very proud of,” CAK Athletic Director John East said.
The first four seasons under Bradley ended the same way with playoff losses to Alcoa (second round losses in 2007, 08 and 09, Quarterfinals in 2010). The Warriors under Bradley’s “Spread Coast” offense finally got the Alcoa monkey off their back in 2011 and beat the Tornadoes in the Quarterfinals on their way to beating Milan for the state title. CAK then went 14-1 beating Milan again for the state title in 2012.
Then CAK quarterback Charlie High passed for a two year total of 10, 349 yards and 124 touchdowns and since 2008 CAK quarterbacks under the watchful eye of Bradley have passed for 25, 427 yards and 283 touchdowns.
The last three seasons have all ended with playoff losses in the Quarterfinals as well to Alcoa, including this season as CAK finished 11-2.
There are 16 schools that are currently looking for a head coach they are: CAK, Jackson County, Karns, Spring Hill, Moore County, Cumberland Gap, ECS, Ravenwood, Centennial, Father Ryan, Sunbright, Sullivan Central, McNairy Central, West Creek, White County and Westwood.
Mt. Juliet upgrades staff promotes Parks to OC, adds Turchetta
Mt. Juliet head football coach Trey Perry has been busy the last couple of weeks regarding his coaching staff. Recently offensive coordinator Levi Brown left to take a graduate assistant job working with quarterbacks at Troy University and Perry wasted little time promoting running backs coach Jonathan Parks to offensive coordinator.
Perry also just added former Spring Hill head coach Tom Turchetta to the Bear staff as Turchetta will coach the Mt. Juliet defensive line and be the special teams coordinator.
“Coach Parks has been a great offensive mind for as long as I’ve known him and he was also instrumental in our game plans last year,” Perry said.
Parks joined the staff last season after being let go as the Cane Ridge head coach (2012-14) despite taking the Ravens to three straight playoff appearances and a 19-14 overall record. Turchetta returns to Mt. Juliet, as he coached the Bear defensive line in 2012 before going to Spring Hill in 2013.
“Tom Turchetta became a family member to me personally and our school in 2012 but when the opportunity presented itself for him to transition back into the area, it was a no-brainer and we are pumped to have him back,” Perry continued.
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