Tobi Kilgore wants to be in school administration. For Kilgore to make that dream a reality he has stepped down as the head football coach at Karns, a position he has held the last two seasons.
“I am resigning my position as head football coach to pursue possible administrative openings in Knox County Schools,” Kilgore said.
“I appreciate the opportunity principal Kim Towe and AD Charlie Sheets gave me to lead this program the last two years. I believe we made some positive improvements to the program over that time period and hopefully laid a foundation that will allow the next head coach to continue to improve the program and make Karns a competitive program within our district and Knox County”
Kilgore took over the Karns program in 2014 and was 3-17 in his two years there. The 2014 team was winless but the Beavers were more competitive this season and improved to 3-7 and will go into the 2016 season with a one game winning streak as they defeated Lenoir City in the regular season finale.
“At this time, Tobi is resigning to pursue possible upcoming administrative openings that could occur in the county during the future,” Karns principal Kim Towe said. “The administration is appreciative of the fact that Tobi wants to resign so we can get the best possible coach for our program.”
“Tobi is an asset to our students and staff. He has led our Freshman Academy to 93% pass rate for students being on track towards graduation. He is a true leader in every aspect of education. He was instrumental in starting a Pilot Flying J tutoring center for students who need additional help in courses.”
Before coming to Karns, he served as the head coach at Powell in 2013 and led the Panthers to a 5-5 record. Kilgore has also served as the defensive coordinator at Knoxville Central and started his coaching career at Knoxville Halls after graduating from college.
There are 15 schools that are currently looking for a head coach they are: Karns, Spring Hill, Moore County, Cumberland Gap, ECS, Ravenwood, USJ, Centennial, Father Ryan, Sunbright, Sullivan Central, McNairy Central, West Creek, White County and Westwood.
Eric Myers Hired to take over Powell Defense
Clinton defensive coordinator Eric Myers has been hired at Powell in the same capacity and will led the Panther defense. Myers and Powell head coach Rodney Ellison coached together at Clinton under current coach Josh Kerr as Ellison was the offensive coordinator and Myers served as defensive coordinator.
“Eric is a great coach and will have our defense ready to play every Friday,” Ellison said.
He replaces T.J. Weston as he was let go as the Panthers went 2-8 last season. Myers started his coaching career at Knoxville West where he coached defensive backs for five years before going over to Hardin Valley in the same position, before going to Clinton in 2013 as the defensive coordinator.
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