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Football coaching job draws numerous applicants
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Tom Moore resigned as WCHS football coach on Tuesday.

It may be tough for the Pioneer football team to compete in Region 6A against the Murfreesboro schools, but there are a number of coaches interested in tackling the job.

Just days into the search for a new high school football coach, WCHS athletic director Todd Willmore says interest has been remarkable.

“We’ve had a strong response as far as the number of people inquiring and we’ve received quite a few applications already,” said Willmore. “As far as a timeline, we’re looking at having someone in place prior to leaving for spring break. That gives us about a month.”

The coaching vacancy officially became available Tuesday morning when Tom Moore tendered his resignation to accept the head coaching job at Hillwood High School. The job was posted on the Warren County Schools website and the TSSAA website later that day.

Willmore says he’s pleased with the initial response and says it’s been a nice mix of in-town and out-of-town candidates. He also said he’s heard from some seasoned coaching veterans, along with some up-and-comers looking to step up in the coaching ranks.

“When we first posted the job, it was like wildfire the number of people hitting on it,” said Willmore.

The first official duties for the new coach will be organizing spring practice, which can include scrimmages with other teams and a spring game. Willmore says schools have a three-week window around May 1 in which they can have 10 days of organized practice.

Warren County has been flooded with applicants during previous coaching searches. Willmore said the most he can remember is more than 50 during the coaching search that brought Tommy Johnson to McMinnville in 2010.

Johnson coached the Pioneers for four years. That was followed by a one-year stint by Scott Smith. Moore had been the high school football coach the past four years.