Posted On: 08/15/19 8:54 PM

Coaches are on the move. Whether it be a firing or a coach moves on, many high school head coaching positions changed hands this off-season…so far.

This is a fluid list certainly missing changes. If you know of a coaching position that is vacant DM me at @PrepHoopsTN.  DM if a coach took over at a school you know.

Jim Fey (pictured) was one of the biggest coaching moves in the state after 2018-2019.  He now takes over at Summit High.



Departing Coach

Arriving Coach

Reason (if known)

Harding Academy Kevin Starks Greg Eubanks Resignation/New Job  
Providence Christian Academy Mike Couey Kerry Hammonds II New Job + EAB Director.  
East Nashville Jim Fey   New Job  
Summit Josh Goodwin  Jim Fey Resigned/New job  
Raleigh-Egypt Mo Miller   New Job  
Arlington   Mo Miller Retired  
Cleveland Jason McCowan Reggie Tucker Private Sector  
Nolensville Wes Lambert John Stigall New Job  
Clarksville Northeast John Stigall   New Job  
East Ridge         
Smith County   Trey Sanders    
Gordonsville   Greg Bibb    
Perry County Kirk Haston Larry Helton Politics  
Cookeville Kevin Bray   Forced Out/Resigned  
Franklin Centennial Pete Froedden Tyler Hickman  Forced Out  
Clarksville Northeast John Stigall Sam Young New Job  
Hillwood   Pete Froedden    
White House Heritage Mike Petrone Carl Miller Retired  
Greenfield School Chad Levister Hunter Whitby New Job  
Lake County Hunter Whitby   New Job  
Franklin County Isaiah Phillips Mike Holt Resigned  
Obion County ? Pridemore Ralph Turner Moved to FL  
East Hamilton        
First Baptist Academy   Johnathan Cox    
Liberty Tech        
Fayette Ware   Demarius Chearis    
Chester County ? Stutts Kody Howard    
Overton   Shelvie Rose    
Jackson Christian School JD Byrd Kyle Teichmann Let go  
Fayette Academy Mark Villinger Brandon Bradford    
Montgomery Central Jimmy Young Mike Brown Retired  



Cleveland High School Varsity Basketball Coach, Jason McCowan, has officially tendered his resignation as the Boys Head Basketball Coach and classroom teacher to school officials. Coach McCowan was named the Head Basketball Coach for the Blue Raiders in 2007 and finished with an overall record of 243-103, winning 4 district championships, 2 region championships, 4 sectional appearances, and 1 state tournament appearance. This past season he coached his team to the TSSAA State Tournament. Coach McCowan was named District Coach of the Year four times (2010, 2017, 2018, 2019) and The Chattanooga Times Free Press Best of Preps Coach of the Year in 2010.   He has been instrumental in the success of the CHS Leadership program, growing it from a class of 25 to 200 students enrolled from Leadership 1 to Leadership 4. Mr. McCowan has accepted a position with the Flippen Group and will be an Educational Strategist for the LeadWorthy program. According to McCowan, “I have enjoyed working with the many athletes and families during my time as their coach at CHS. It truly has been an honor to not only be the head coach of an outstanding basketball program but also be a teacher and part of a faculty that feels like family. Cleveland is an amazing town and I will forever be grateful for everything everyone has done for me and my family.  It is with great appreciation that I thank the administration, students, staff and community for their support. It is important to me that our excellent tradition continues to grow and improve.”

Principal Autumn O’Bryan says, “Jason McCowan has been a leader of students and adults at Cleveland High School.  His presence will be missed on our campus. We are so proud of his opportunity to work on a national stage with the Flippen Group and wish him the absolute best.”

Director of Schools Dr. Russell Dyer adds, “Jason McCowan is a man of integrity and has provided our athletes and his students an example of what it means to live by a set of values.  I appreciate his leadership and service to our school system and wish him the best in his new endeavors with the Flippen Group.”

“Coach McCowan has been a tremendous leader, coach, and teacher at Cleveland High School for years,” said CHS Athletic Director David Turner. “His passion for our students and school will be greatly missed.  I would like to express my appreciation to him for his immeasurable commitment to excellence and wish him nothing but success and happiness as he pursues this amazing opportunity. He is more than just a basketball coach; he is a leader and developer of young men.   His influence and legacy will extend far beyond the lines of a basketball court for many years to come.”

Sunday afternoon, Coach Reggie Tucker was introduced to the team as the new Head Coach of the Blue Raiders.  Principal Autumn O’Bryan says, “It took one phone call to find a new head coach for our basketball program. Coach Tucker is a CHS alum and has worked tirelessly for our school and community.  He has invested in the game of basketball and in the lives of young men. We expect the rich tradition of Blue Raider Basketball to continue under his leadership.”

Coach Tucker has been an assistant coach on the Blue Raider staff for 9 years.  He graduated from Cleveland High School in 1993 after an impressive career on the court. He was a three year starting PG on the state-ranked Cleveland High School team, where he still holds the record for the most assists in a game and season. His 1993 squad holds the second best season record in school history. Tucker’s team won back to back district championships and he was named the 1993 District MVP as well as a 2x All-District guard. Tucker was a starting basketball player at Hiwassee College where he lead the team to the NJCAA National Tournament finishing 6th in the nation, and he remains tied for second for the all-time steals record and holds the all-time assist record for a season. He finished his college playing career at Louisiana State University after receiving his Bachelor Degree in Kinesiology. Tucker began his pro career competing for the ABA Kansas City (MO) Knights and then traveled to Europe to team up with NBA vet Thabo Sefolosha and the Rivera Basket in Vevey, Switzerland. He also played in France, Germany, Poland, and Mexico.

Coach Tucker has continued his passion for the game through investing and developing the next generation of Student-Athletes. In 2008, along with a college teammate Willie Anderson, and former NBA player Marquis Daniels they formed Q6 All-Stars, an AAU organization which focuses on developing student-athletes for success, both on and off the court. Since then they have helped over 50 high school student-athletes sign NLI to continue their studies and athletics at the D1 level. He brought those fundamentals back to Raider Arena over 5 years ago to develop Fast Break Basketball Club, which focuses on skill development for players of all ages.  On his transition to the helm of Blue Raider basketball, Coach Tucker says, “It’s an honor and a blessing to be named the next Varsity Head Boys Basketball Coach at Cleveland High School. I’m truly grateful for the opportunity and excited to continue the strong culture that my mentor and great friend, Jason McCowan, has created at Cleveland High School.”