takes job in Rutherford Co.
Longtime Wilson Central teacher and coach Brian Howard couldn't wait any longer.
Howard, an assistant to Wildcat baseball coach Anthony Ford for over a decade and the WCHS golf coach, has resigned to take a higher paying position near his Rutherford County home.
Following a two-year courtship Howard finally gave in and accepted a faculty spot at Stewarts Creek High -- a relatively new Class AAA school in Smyrna.
"Tuesday was a tough day," Howard said. He had helped Ford with Wilson Central's baseball tryouts, then informed the team of his decision.
"Wilson Central has been a great place for me, I've worked with some outstanding folks. But this move really helps my family. There's the pay increase, a much more affordable family insurance plan and I won't be making that drive down 840 every day," Howard said.
"I really enjoyed working with Coach Ford. We spent a lot of time together on that baseball field. I'll miss him and all the kids."
A 13-year education veteran, the last 11 at Wilson Central, Howard will teach Honors History and U.S. History in addition to joining Mike Bartlett's baseball staff.
A graduate of Antioch High, Howard earned an undergraduate degree at Tennessee Temple and a master's degree at Tennessee Tech. He taught one year at Whites Creek High in Nashville and one year at Camden County High in Georgia before signing on at Wilson Central to help then Wildcat football coach Dewayne Alexander.
Wilson Central's baseball team is coming off a 21-12-1 season with runner-up finishes in both the District 9-AAA and Region 5-AAA tournaments.
The Wildcats just missed out on the program's first trip to the Class AAA state tournament, falling 5-4 in the Class AAA sectional to Ravenwood.
Howard and his wife Amanda have a growing family. Son Cam is a recent arrival, joining six year-old son Dax.
"There's an elementary school right there," Howard said, "it's a win-win for my family," Howard said.
"You just can't replace someone like Brian," Coach Ford said. "I could always count on him -- and the kids loved him. He's a real player's coach."
"From day one I've been trying to convince Brian to come over here," Bartlett said. "He's a good guy, a team guy and has an outstanding work ethic. I'm glad to have him in my dugout."
Stewarts Creek has been in existence for only two years and competes in one of the toughest districts in the state -- District 7-AAA.
"Take the coaching aspect out of it, we're losing one of our top teachers," said WCHS assistant principal Jason Franklin.
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