Boyd Buchanan hires Tennessee prep football coaching legend Gary Rankin

Staff file photo / Veteran prep football coach Gary Rankin, who has won a TSSAA-record 17 state championships and whose 467 wins are the most in Tennessee history, is taking over at Boyd Buchanan.

Just two weeks after its head football coaching position came open, Boyd Buchanan has made an emphatic statement about the future of its program by hiring Gary Rankin - Tennessee's all-time wins leader among prep football coaches.

The Chattanooga private school announced the move Sunday afternoon.

"We are extremely excited to have Coach Rankin lead our football program and to be part of the Buccaneer community," Boyd Buchanan athletic director Matt Pobieglo said in a news release. "His credentials, consistency, and success will be a tremendous asset to not only the athletic department but Boyd Buchanan School.

"Coach Rankin exemplifies excellence and his leadership in all aspects of the student athlete experience will be invaluable in the classroom, field, community and throughout Boyd Buchanan."