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Riverdale assistant named new MC football coach

Posted on Tuesday, February 2, 2016 at 2:52 pm

Riverdale High School assistant coach Jason Dobbs has been hired to replace Jeremy Austin as the Moore County Raiders new coach. (Photo by Tom Beckwith for The Daily News Journal)

Riverdale High School assistant coach Jason Dobbs has been hired to replace Jeremy Austin as the Moore County Raiders new coach. (Photo by Tom Beckwith for The Daily News Journal)

LYNCHBURG, Tenn. — After a search that included narrowing down more than 50-plus applications, Moore County High School has a new head football coach.

Moore County Director of Schools Chad Moorehead announced Monday that Jason Dobbs has accepted the position. Dobbs replaces Jeremy Austin who coached the Raiders the past two seasons, accumulating a 10-11 record and one playoff appearance.

Austin, who has taught and coached at MCHS for six years — including time as the head softball coach, an assistant football coach and head football coach — recently became eligible for tenure.

At its December meeting, the Moore County Board of Education tabled the decision regarding Austin’s tenure. Then, at its January meeting, the MCBoE voted not to approve his tenure. Because of state law, Austin is not eligible to be rehired, thus ending his two-year stint as the Raiders’ head coach and his six-year stay at Moore County.

According to the Tennessee Department of Education website, Public Chapter No. 70 (PC 70) states that “once a teacher is eligible for tenure, ‘the teacher shall be either recommended by the director of schools for tenure or nonrenewed … however, that the teacher cannot be continued in employment if tenure is not granted by the board of education.’”

That opened the door for Dobbs.

“We are very excited to have Coach Dobbs. His background in two extremely successful football programs makes him a great fit for our football program,” said Moorehead, adding that Dobbs planned to meet with the football team later this week.

Dobbs will become Moore County’s third head coach in four seasons. The majority of Moore County’s rising seniors played for head coach Scott Smith in 2013, then Austin for the past two seasons.

Smith left Moore County for Warren County, but spent just one season there. He’s now the head coach at Franklin County. His departure made way for the promotion of Austin, who had served as the defensive coordinator at MCHS under Smith.

Dobbs does bring a state championship-caliber pedigree to Moore County. He has spent the last six years at Riverdale High School in Murfreesboro. Prior to that, Dobbs was an assistant coach for 13 years at Trousdale County High School in Hartsville, where, as on offensive line coach, he was part of five state championship teams.

“It was a couple of things,” Dobbs told Tom Kreager, of the Daily News Journal. “I decided I wasn’t getting any younger, so if I wanted to be a head coach, I needed to be one. And to go to a place like Moore County — I like small-town football that has community support.

“Traditionally, they’ve been pretty good. I just think it’s the best opportunity for me at this time.”

Dobbs’ head-coaching experience includes a four-year stint at Jim Satterfield Middle School in Hartsville.

At Riverdale, Dobbs served as a Physical Education teacher, head strength and conditioning coach, the offensive line coach and the special teams coordinator.

A 1989 graduate of Hendersonville High School, Dobbs earned his B.S. degree in Physical Education from Middle Tennessee in 1994 and his M.A. in Administration and Supervision from Tennessee Tech in 2000.

—By ROBERT HOLMAN, Publisher (mcnpub@lcs.net)

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