By David Knox
Moore County High School is looking for a new head football coach.
Jason Dobbs, who also served as athletics director, turned in his resignation this week after four seasons at the helm of the Raiders program. He accepted an assistant coaching position under longtime friend Kevin Creasy at Oakland High School in Murfreesboro.
Dobbs and Creasy were part of a coaching staff at Trousdale County for five years (2005-09) that won three state titles in 2005, 2008 and 2009.
“It’s an opportunity to get closer to my family and my wife’s family,” Dobbs said, adding that both his parents and his wife Misty’s parents live in the Murfreesboro area.
Mrs. Dobbs also resigned as assistant principal at MCHS.
“I built this program on family first and this is what is best for my family and if I neglect that I would not be doing what I preach,” Dobbs said. “Coach Creasy and I have been great friends for many years and it’s going to be great to be back with him and at a program like Oakland.
“Coach Creasy has been trying to get me over there ever since he’s been there, and it’s just time. I just couldn’t turn it down.”
He spoke glowingly of the Moore County community, players, parents and fans. “I truly do love Moore County and I appreciate everything they’ve done for me. It’s one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do. I told the team last night and they were upset but they understood.”
It’s a nice catch for Oakland to land a proven head coach to be an assistant on staff. Dobbs will coach tight ends and, possibly, tackles at Oakland. He already knows one tight end, All-State selection Bryson Dobbs, who will join his father at Oakland for his senior season. Rising eighth-grader Brett, who quarterbacked the middle school to an outstanding season, will also join the program, taking two talented athletes away from Moore County as well as the head coach.
Dobbs led Moore County to a 22-21 overall record and back-to-back Class 1A playoff appearances in 2017 and 2018. The Raiders finished 5-5 last season and just missed the playoffs.
A search for a new coach and an AD is underway. Misty Dobbs’ assistant principal post has been filled by Josh Deal.