By Chris Gregory, Managing Editor

Trousdale County is once again in the market for a head football coach as Brad Waggoner has accepted a position at Elbert County (GA) Comprehensive High School.

Waggoner just completed his second season at Trousdale County, finishing 11-4 and leading the Yellow Jackets to a runner-up finish in the Class 2A BlueCross Bowl. He leaves Trousdale County with a 19-8 record in two seasons.

“I am very thankful for the opportunity I have had to lead the Yellow Jackets Football Program for the last two years. I will never forget our run to the 2018 state game this past year!” Waggoner said.

Director of Schools Clint Satterfield said a coaches’ meeting was held Monday morning with principals and that middle school coach Matt Dyer would serve as interim head coach until a permanent hire is made.

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Trousdale County coach Brad Waggoner has accepted a position at Elbert County (GA).

Posts on the Elbert County School District’s website and Facebook page announced Waggoner’s decision to leave.

The post on the Elbert County website stated:

“The Elbert County School District is pleased to announce that Trousdale County High School (TN) Head Football Coach Brad Waggoner has been approved to become the new head football coach at Elbert County Comprehensive High School. The Board of Education held a called meeting at 12:00 p.m. on Friday, January 11 to act on the recommendation from Superintendent Chuck Bell.

For the past 21 years, Coach Waggoner has had notable experience at the high school and college levels. Most recently, as Head Coach/Athletic Director at Trousdale, he led the Yellow Jackets to the 2018 Class AA State Championship Game. Waggoner also served as the Associate Director of Player Personnel and Offensive Analyst for the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets from 2014-2017.

Coach Waggoner was raised in Fayetteville, Georgia and attended Landmark Christian High School. As a player, Waggoner was a linebacker at Georgia Tech and a two-year letterman at Liberty University.”

Elbert County Superintendent Chuck Bell told The Vidette that Waggoner would make $100,436 annually in the Elbert head coaching job. He was earning $65,431 in Trousdale County, including a coaching stipend, according to Satterfield.

“We wanted to make sure we were searching for the three Cs: competency, connectedness and character. Brad brings a very high level of football competency, he’s proven his ability to connect and inspire high school students… and he’s a high character guy,” Bell said. “Brad came out of the process and we’re excited to have him.”

Waggoner met with Yellow Jacket team members last week to inform them of what he said at the time was the possibility he would leave.

“I want to thank Dr. Satterfield and Mrs. (Teresa) Dickerson for all they have done for me and my family, and I want to thank these players that have worked tirelessly and giving everything they have for me the past two years. I also want to thank the assistant coaches for all their hard work. We would not have achieved the success we did without those guys. I want to thank this community and for their support and welcoming my family here. I know my little boy loved every second of it. Lastly, I will always be pulling for the Jackets! Thank you!”

Satterfield told The Vidette he had not yet received an official letter of resignation from Waggoner, but that the Trousdale position had been posted and applications would be accepted through Jan. 25.

Reach Chris Gregory at 615-374-3556 or cgregory@hartsvillevidette.com.