Big changes are coming to Longhorn football this season. After 16 years as head coach Mike Atwood officially resigned last week setting in motion a mad dash to find a capable replacement. Thankfully fate seemed to be on Johnson Countys side as less than a week from the positions posting school administrators had found a qualified candidate with a strong connection to the program.
We posted the position on Thursday, and we actually had three applicants, began JCHS Principal Lisa Arnold. Don Kerley was one of the three. When he applied we were really surprised, but pleasantly surprised. We interviewed him yesterday, he did a great job, and now hes our choice.
A quick look at Kerleys background gives a little insight to why the system was so keen to pick him up. A 1989 graduate from Johnson County High School, Kerley was the teams very successful quarterback under Coach Jim Crowder, has strong family ties to the team with 5 nephews as well as his son Sam hoping to be in the lineup, and has 20 years of coaching experience both locally and regionally.
Kerley played football at Wofford College in Spartanburg, SC, eventually got his Masters in Education at Milligan College and Specialists Degree at LMU, and got started with his coaching career at West Greene High School in Mosheim. From there he spent several years at different locations in Georgia including time as a coach for Claxton High School in the Savannah area of South Georgia.
Yet, when the call came that Johnson County was looking for a new head coach Kerley made up his mind and decided to head north. Were just excited to come home, Kerley said. Ive been very fortunate to work for good programs, good schools, work for good people. It means a lot. The head coaching position is what prompted it. Thats just something that I was interested in doing again. We know a lot of people up here on the team. Its just a good opportunity to come home and we want to take advantage of it.
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