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Pioneers lose their offensive coordinator
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After serving two years as offensive coordinator for the Warren County High School football team, coach Aaron Pitts has taken a position as head coach at Stratford High School in Nashville.
Pitts interviewed for the job over Christmas break and was offered the position almost immediately. After deliberating for a few days, Pitts decided the chance to become a head coach was too much to pass up.
“I’m real excited about the new opportunity,” said Pitts. “I’m ready and willing to work hard to get the job done.”
Pitts began his coaching career in Murfreesboro at Seigel High School. After finishing his college career at MTSU in 2004, Pitts accepted a position with the freshman team coaching defensive backs, his college position.
After one season, Pitts caught on at LaVergne High School as wide receivers coach. The next year, Pitts made a stop at Mt. Juliet Christian before starting a three-year tenure with Marshall County as the team’s offensive coordinator.
In two years at Warren County, Pitts presided over an offense which saw two different players make their way into the record books.
In his first season, Pitts brought the spread offense to Warren County and running back Caleb Northcutt was the main beneficiary.
Northcutt rushed his way into the record books, finishing his career second all-time in attempts, yards and touchdowns. In his senior season, Northcutt had 195 carries for 1,244 yards and 14 touchdowns.
Without a reliable rushing threat last season, the offense went to the air. Coach Pitts put the offense in the hands of sophomore Hunter Mullican and saw great results.
Mullican set single-season Warren County records in attempts, completions and was 22 yards away from setting the mark for most yards.
Playing his first two seasons under coach Pitts, Mullican is already second all-time in completions and third all-time in attempts and yardage.
Coach Pitts was grateful for the opportunity to further his career in Warren County and was especially thankful for the role head coach Tommy Johnson let him play with the team.
“Tommy was great about giving me a big role with the team and was a mentor to me,” said Pitts. “I wish we could’ve accomplished more on the field in terms of wins and losses, but I know God had me in Warren County for a reason.”
Coach Johnson, who plans to fill the position by promoting within and has a capable candidate in wide receiver coach Pedro Holiday, was glad to see coach Pitts get the opportunity to be a head coach.
“I think he’s ready to be a head coach,” said Johnson. “He’s a fiery guy and every staff needs that kind of coach.”
Along with replacing Pitts’ spot on the staff, coach Johnson is hopeful to add three more coaches this season. The Pioneers had only five coaches last season and Johnson hopes the number will be seven or more this season.