Statewide coaching changes

Longtime South-Doyle football coach Clark Duncan set to retire

After spending the last 13 years as the head football coach at South-Doyle, Clark Duncan will retire as a teacher and coach at the end of the school year.

He told the players of his plans in a team-only meeting.

“I am retiring tomorrow as the head football coach and will retire from education at the end of the school year,” Duncan said.

Besides serving as the head football coach, Duncan also currently works as the school’s athletic director as well.

"After 19 years at South-Doyle High School and 41 career years in coaching and education, effective today, Coach Clark Duncan has blown his whistle for the last time. It is truly bittersweet for the great people in South Knoxville, as he has definitely earned quality time with his family and beautiful grandchildren. To that end, few words can express how greatly he will be missed in South Knoxville. Aside from his success at Powell High School, Clark took over our struggling football team in 2009 and turned into one of the most respected football programs in the state, advancing to three State Quarter-finals and two State Semi-finals. Personally, Clark is like a brother to me and this journey has been really special. The wins have been meaningful, but his role in helping us change the culture of our school and the positive impact made on the lives of our young men, will never be forgotten," South Doyle principal Tim Berry said.

"Next week, we will be starting a comprehensive search for the next head football coach to continue our program’s success. Assistant Coach, Rusty Partin will keep the kids working and will serve as the interim head coach."

In his 13 years at South-Doyle, the Cherokees posted an 80-74 overall record and made the playoffs 13 times (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 in Class 5A and 2021 in 4A).

The Cherokees finished 6-5 this season and lost to Greeneville in the first round of the 4A playoffs.

South-Doyle’s best years under Duncan came in 2014 when it finished 12-1 and in 2020 when it finished 10-4 and made the 5A semifinals.

Before arriving at South-Doyle, Duncan was the head coach at Powell for 17 seasons (1986-2002). The Panthers made the playoffs 10 times under Duncan’s guidance.

Duncan’s overall head coaching record is 201-148.

Currently 17 schools in Baylor, Chester County, Clay County, Columbia Academy, Columbia, East Robertson, Hillcrest, Liberty Creek, Melrose, Milan, Montgomery Central, Northeast, South-Doyle, South Gibson, South Pittsburg, Wartburg and White Station are in the market for a head coach.

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Donovan Stewart is entering his 26th season covering high school football and his 10th year of covering the entire state of Tennessee. He is also the Media Director for the Tennessee Football Coaches Association (TnFCA).

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