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East Hamilton has named former University of Tennessee at Chattanooga assistant coach Rodney English as its new boys' basketball coach.

The staff is again complete, and now the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football program can begin final preparations for the start of spring practice.

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football program has hired Chris Malone as its new offensive line coach, pending university approval.

It took just one warm spring evening for McKenzie Ethridge to race from relative unknown to one of the most talked-about track athletes in Tennessee.

By Gerald Harris' logic, the three Chattanooga-area high school boys' basketball teams still playing have cleared the toughest hurdle already.

The result was worth the wait, according to Central High School administrators.

Central High School has named Eastern Michigan University assistant KiJuan Ware as its new head football coach. Ware served as secondary coach at EMU last season, and prior to that he worked for two years as the offensive coordinator at Western Illinois University.

McCallie School has found a familiar name to fill its head basketball coaching vacancy — former University of Tennessee at Chattanooga coach John Shulman.

Chattanooga Christian School made a smooth transition in its boys' basketball program by naming former University of Tennessee at Chattanooga assistant David Conrady as its new head coach.

Former University of Tennessee at Chattanooga men's basketball coach John Shulman will be announced as the new head coach at McCallie School on Friday morning.

Chattanooga Christian School made a smooth transition in its boys' basketball program by naming former University of Tennessee at Chattanooga assistant David Conrady as its new head coach. That move came on the same day that Jim Arnold announced he was resigning as basketball coach to focus attention on his role as the middle school principal.

After two area high school boys' basketball teams earned spots in the state tournament with wins Monday night, four others hope tonight to join them in Murfreesboro. Inclement weather postponed those four games, along with every other boys' state sectional, forcing teams to wait one day before taking the court.

WHITWELL, Tenn. — It was on the drive through town, on his way to his initial interview, that R.C. Helton knew for sure just how much he wanted the Whitwell High School football coaching job.

Whitwell High School has named R.C. Helton as its new head football coach. Helton is a 1983 East Ridge graduate who has coached prep football in Arizona for more than 20 years, including the last three seasons at Trevor Browne high in Phoenix.

Looking to take the program to a higher level, Chattanooga Christian School has named longtime college assistant Rob Spence as its new head football coach. Spence was the quarterbacks coach at Rutgers University the last two years and has previously worked as an offensive coordinator at Clemson and Syracuse.

Chattanooga Christian School has named longtime college assistant Rob Spence as its new head football coach. Spence was the quarterbacks coach at Rutgers University the last two years and has previously worked as an offensive coordinator at Clemson and Syracuse.

Throughout its unlikely run to reach the Region 3-A boys’ basketball championship game, Sale Creek had thrived on controlling the tempo.

Once University of Tennessee at Chattanooga offensive line coach Alex Atkins informed the staff he would be leaving to take the same job at Georgia Southern, the domino effect resulted in moving spring practice back about two weeks.

Dan Wadley resigned Monday as McCallie's basketball coach after eight seasons and more than 130 wins.

Dan Wadley resigned today as McCallie School’s basketball coach after eight seasons and more than 130 wins.

McCallie simply had no answer. Outsized in the post, the Blue Tornado basketball team also struggled to defend Memphis University School's long-range gunner Bailey Buford.

One of the city's most storied prep football rivalries again will be held on campus each season. After using Finley Stadium as its home field against Baylor since 2000, McCallie School has decided to head back to the ridge, beginning this fall.

WHITWELL, Tenn. — With his team short on size but tall on athletic ability, coach Eric Zensen knew his Whitwell girls needed to control the game's tempo Friday to secure a spot in next week's Region 3-A semifinals. So every chance they got, the Lady Tigers sped things up.

Rarely is a coaching search this easy for both sides. When the Hixson High School football job came last month, Dan Duff knew he would pursue it. And once he did, school officials knew it was a perfect fit.

Dan Duff is returning to Hixson High to coach football. Duff coached the Wildcats from 1996-2002 before leaving to take over the program at Rockmart (Ga.), and led Hixson to its first playoff appearance during his first stint.

SOUTH PITTSBURG, Tenn. — The longest dry spell in District 6-A boys' basketball is over. For the first time in 30 years Sale Creek owns the district tournament championship, after claiming a wild 74-71 win over top-seeded Marion County.

Ironically the thread that ties together the mapdot towns making up the Sequatchie Valley is the same one that often divides its people.

SOUTH PITTSBURG, Tenn. — Van Buren County's girls wasted no time defending their District 6-A tournament championship.

SOUTH PITTSBURG, Tenn. — Normalcy returned to the District 6-A basketball tournament Monday. After a day of upsets Saturday, in which the lower-seeded teams won all four games, the higher seeds reclaimed dominance Monday, but just barely in the nightcap.

The combination of conference changes and the chance to earn two huge paydays will give this year's University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football schedule a considerably new look and feel.

SOUTH PITTSBURG, Tenn. — It was shake-up Saturday in the District 6-A tournament as the lowest seeded boys' and girls' teams both pulled upsets to advance to the semifinals and secure a spot in next week's region tournament as well.

JASPER, Tenn. — Ricky Ross will coach football in Marion County after all.

Levi Woods was just trying to help Meigs County win as many basketball games as he could. Making history never occurred to him, but that's just what happened Friday afternoon when he became the program's first state Mr. Basketball finalist.

Moments after surviving yet another scare from rival GPS, the expression on Baylor girls' basketball coach John Gibson was more relief than excitement.

JASPER, Tenn. — Marion County High School has named former Calhoun defensive coordinator Ricky Ross as its new head football coach.

It wasn't so much a marketing strategy for the program as it was an honest way of connecting with the type of players the coaches wanted to bring in.

What happened to this area’s top signing day recruits of the past decade?

Building off the momentum of an 8-4 season that included a share of the Southern Conference championship, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football staff had pieced together an impressive collection of commitments from high school stars since December.

It wasn't without an element of drama near the end, but by noon Wednesday the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga had capped one of the best recruiting classes in program history. The Mocs signed all 19 players who had committed before last weekend but the final two made the coaching staff wait a bit longer than they would've liked.

The area's busiest Tennessee campuses during signing day were Baylor and East Hamilton, which had five players each who signed scholarships Wednesday.

The football staff at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga has big plans for the future. And they want to get there quickly.

For now Kareem Orr's cell phone buzzes with only the occasional call or text from friends. That soon will change.

It's a match made in heaven. Or at least on a Baptist college campus.

Hoping to bring back brighter days to its football program, Red Bank High School has dipped into the Sunshine State to find its new head coach.

Red Bank has hired a football coach from the sunshine state, hoping to bring back brighter days to its program.

It is a day as much about family as it is about football. In three days — national signing day — countless high school players will surround themselves with relatives, friends and coaches to celebrate an important accomplishment in their young lives.

For the first time in its fledgling football program's history, Chattanooga Christian is making a coaching change.

Aside from their football skills, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga's 2014 recruits also could form a couple of really strong sprint relay teams.

The infectious smile is back. After years of clinching his jaw so tightly he wonders how he didn't break his teeth, Adarius Bowman finally has reached a level of contentment and no longer is trying to outrun his past the way he would an opposing football defender.

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