LYNCHBURG, Tenn. — After two seasons on the sidelines as Moore County High School’s offensive coordinator, Johnnie Frost has stepped down to accept the head-coaching position at Riverside High School in Decaturville. Frost’s hiring at the Decatur County school located about 50 miles east of Jackson was first reported on Monday in the Jackson Sun.
Frost’s brother-in-law Eric Quinn, is the baseball coach at Riverside and will reportedly join Frost’s staff as the offensive coordinator.
“My wife is from the area, and we’ve lived in Middle and East Tennessee all of our marriage,” said Frost in an interview with the Jackson Sun. “So we thought this would be a good opportunity to live close to our family on the western end of the state for a while, and the Lord provided this opportunity to make it happen.”
Frost was announced this week as the new head coach for the Panthers’ program, taking over for Jeff Robertson, who stepped down after three seasons after the team was eliminated in the first round of the Class 2A playoffs in November.
In three seasons, Robertson was 17-17 at Riverside, including three Class 2A playoff appearances, while advancing to the second round in 2014 following a win over Forrest. The Panthers went 4-6 in the regular season in 2015, but still managed a playoff berth nonetheless.
Before his two-year stint at Moore County, Frost logged eight years of head coaching duty at Community High School. He finished with a 12-67 record, including a junior varsity win over Moore County in 2006 when the school’s football team was in its infancy, and again in 2012, when the Vikings claimed their first-ever varsity victory over Moore County.
Frost took the job at MCHS when current head coach Jeremy Austin took the Raiders’ reigns in 2014.
Other stops along Frost’s coaching career include assistant coaching stints at Cascade and Shelbyville. He also was the head coach for Smyrna Middle School in Murfreesboro.
He said he’s intrigued by the opportunity to coach a program that’s not starting from the ground up.
Frost’s brother-in-law Quinn was the offensive coordinator at Trinity Christian Academy under Michael Hodum for a few years, during which Trinity made a run to the Class 2A state championship game in 2010. He went with Hodum to Chester County in 2011 and was there for one season before being named the baseball coach at Riverside the following spring.
“Eric’s coached baseball and football, and I have too,” Frost said. “So it’s nothing for he and I to pull away from everybody else at family gatherings for long periods of time and just talk sports and coaching and leadership and things like that.
“We’ll both pull out pen and paper and take notes from each other. I’m excited about the opportunity to actually work with him.”
Frost inherits a program that’s got athletic linemen returning along with some quick athletes, led by Drake Smith, who’s played various positions during his tenure with the Panthers but has been the starting quarterback when he’s been healthy. He sat out most of the 2015 season with a broken leg.
Riverside plays in Region 5-2A.
“I think the people of Parsons and Decatur County will see that when I commit to something, I jump in with both feet and am committed,” added Frost, a graduate of Lenoir City who attended college at Middle Tennessee State. “We’re committed to Riverside and making it competitive for championships. We’re going to work, but we’re going to have fun.”
Frost’s son Stone is a freshman at Moore County High School who started almost every game under center in 2015 as the Raiders’ quarterback. He was named as an honorable mention selection to the All-Region 4-A football team this season.
—By Robert Holman, MCN Publisher, and Brandon Shields, The Jackson Sun staff writer.
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