Statewide coaching changes

Former University of the Cumberlands coach Matt Rhymer named head coach at Tennessee High School

Matt Rhymer resigned after eight seasons at the University of Cumberlands last month.

On Friday, he was introduced as the new head football coach at Tennessee High School.

“Viking football is more than just winning on Friday nights. While that is an overarching goal, there are more ways to be successful! Important ways. We want our students to achieve in the classroom. We want Viking Pride to extend beyond this campus into the hearts of our community,” Tennessee High principal Kim Kirk said.

“We want the heart of that nine-year-old in the Castle on Friday nights to dream about being on that field. Coach Mays and Coach Chandler understood this, and it was important that the person we selected as the future of our program be committed to these same standards of excellence and that is why we are excited to have Coach Rhymer as part of Viking Nation and our Viking family.”

Rhymer replaces Matt Chandler, who served as the interim head coach for the Vikings during the 2021 season.

Under Chandler, the Vikings finished 3-7 and lost to Knoxville Central in the first round of the Class 5A playoffs.

Rhymer led the University of the Cumberlands to a 50-31 record in his eight seasons there, which included six winning seasons in 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021.

The Patriots made the NAIA playoffs in back-to-back seasons in 2018 and 2019, going 10-2 in both seasons under Rhymer.

Rhymer played at the University of Cumberlands from 2003-07 and then served as a graduate assistant and later as a full-time assistant coach. He took over as head coach of the Patriots in 2014.

Currently 19 schools in Antioch, Baylor, Chattanooga Christian, Clay County, Columbia Academy, Columbia, East Robertson, Gordonsville, Hillcrest, Lakeway Christian, Liberty Creek, Melrose, Montgomery Central, Northeast, South Doyle, South Pittsburg, York Institute, 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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