Statewide coaching changes

Longtime Lexington DC Dewond Johnson hired as head coach at Chester County

Longtime Lexington defensive coordinator Dewond Johnson is ready to run his own football program.

Johnson, who has coached at Lexington for the last 20 years including the last 13 years as the defensive coordinator, has been announced as the new head coach at Chester County. 

"We have named Dewond Johnson as the next football coach for Chester County High School," Chester County principal Clay Murley said. 

He replaces Steve Robinson, who finished with a 9-32 record in his four seasons at Chester County.

The Eagles made the Class 4A playoffs twice under Robinson in 2018 and 2021. Chester County finished 5-6 this season and lost to eventual state champion Tullahoma in the first round.

“I’m very excited about the opportunity to be the head coach at Chester County,” Johnson said.  “I’m just ready to meet the players and coaching staff and go to work.”

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

Bill Price hired as new Lookout Valley offensive coordinator

After returning to be the offensive coordinator at Whitwell last season, Bill Price has been hired for the same position at Lookout Valley.

“Coach Price has been a friend and mentor of mine since I worked for him at Signal Mtn and he has been successful everywhere he has been. I’m excited to see how he can help improve our offensive production and our program culture. He will be a great asset to our program,” Lookout Valley coach Josh Payne said.

Price has served as the head coach at four stops including Soddy-Daisy (1992-94), Bradley Central (1998-2002), Coffee County (2003-07) and Signal Mountain (2009-14).

Price led Signal Mountain to the Class 2A state title in 2010 and his overall coaching record is 117-95.


Fleming Hired as Catholic DL coach

Troy Fleming who prepped at Battle Ground Academy and has the TSSAA record for most career rushing yards with 9,442 yards has been hired as the defensive line coach at Knoxville Catholic.


Fleming played college football at Tennessee and was later drafted by the Tennessee Titans and also played for the Denver Broncos and the New Orleans Saints.

Fleming has had coaching stops at Knoxville Grace, Anderson County and Concord Christian.

“We are thrilled to add Troy to our staff, what he’s accomplished in football speaks for itself. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience and we are excited to watch him invest in the young men here at Catholic,” Catholic coach Korey Mobbs said.

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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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