The nominees are John Webb of Rockwood High School, Brian Waite of East Nashville High School, Stacy Carter of Science Hill High School, and Ernie Jackson of Haywood High School.
Each coach was nominated by sports media throughout the state of Tennessee on the basis of specific criteria that include: beating a longtime rival, snapping a losing streak, defeating a defending champion, recording an amazing come from behind victory and/or involvement in the local community.
Also considered is a coach’s commitment to his players’ safety by teaching the fundamentals of the game, proper tackling techniques, concussion management practices and adherence to heat and hydration guidelines.
Week 6 voting is open until 9 a.m. ET/8 a.m. CT Thursday, Oct. 10. VOTE here.
The 10 weekly winners of the Coach of the Week will receive a $1,000 grant from the Tennessee Titans Foundation for their football programs to be used to provide funds for equipment, turf treatment or upgrades to their field houses.
At the conclusion of the Tennessee state playoffs, a Titans High School Coach of the Year will be selected, and that winner will receive a $2,000 grant from the Titans Foundation for his school’s football program!
The Titans began honoring Tennessee’s High School Coaches in 1998 and since that time, have awarded $166,000 in grants to support high school football programs throughout Tennessee via this program!
Please review the brief description of each nominee before voting:
John Webb, Rockwood High School: Coach Webb’s Rockwood Tigers defeated the Class A third-ranked Greenback Cherokees 28-21. The Tigers played a steady game, controlling the clock and running 67 plays while only allowing the Cherokees to run 46 plays. Rockwood had not beaten Greenback in the past three years.
Brian Waite, East Nashville High School: Waite’s East Nashville Eagles defeated the Maplewood Panthers in a close one, 21-20. Down 20-7 at halftime, the Eagles conducted a tremendous rally, converting three fourth downs and leading to 14 unanswered points. This is East Nashville’s first win against Maplewood since 2009.
Stacy Carter, Science Hill High School: Coach Carter’s Science Hill Hilltoppers defeated the Tennessee High Vikings 35-33 on the road. Coach Carter sat out his starting QB, WR/DB and TE/LB, who were all dealing with injuries prior to the game. In addition to those athletes, Science Hill also lost players to injury during the game. The Hilltoppers remained diligent and stopped a late fourth-quarter comeback to seal the win.
Ernie Jackson, Haywood High School: Coach Jackson’s Haywood Tomcats defeated the Ripley Tigers 26-24. The Tomcats fended off a late rally by the Tigers by showing a great defensive effort that prevented a game-tying two-point conversion with 1:34 remaining. This was Haywood’s first district win.
The winner of the Coach of the Week grant will receive a $1,000 grant to help a deserving school provide funds for equipment, turf treatment or upgrades to their field house!
Click here to vote for the Week 6 Coach of the Week. Voting is open until 9 a.m. ET/8 a.m. CT Thursday, Oct. 10.