Veteran assistant at Cookeville & Smith Co.
Chuck Gentry will finally get the opportunity to run his own program as the 40-year old assistant has been hired as the new head football coach at Lebanon High. He takes over for Kentucky High School Hall of Fame coach Sam Harp who resigned in October after going 6-36 in four seasons at the LHS helm.
LHS Principal Scott Walters and Athletic Director Zach Martin introduced Gentry to the local media during a Wednesday, Dec. 21 press conference.
"We took our time, we did follow a lengthy process," Principal Walters said. "Mr. Martin and I are very confident we have found a man who will breathe some life and discipline into our program. We're excited to see what will come."
A native of Smith County and the son of a Missionary Baptist minister, Gentry comes to Lebanon from Cookeville High where he has served as offensive coordinator / defensive backs coach for the Cavaliers under head coach Jimmy Maynord.
"I'm very excited about this opportunity," Gentry said. "I've dreamed all my life about being a head football coach. I look forward to having the opportunity to instill discipline into our young men -- in the classroom first, then on the field. I want them to be better prepared to be better young men, better husbands, to be better fathers -- to just be better.
"The number one thing I'm excited about is getting them in the weight room and working. I think it all starts there."
Prior to his four years at CHS, Gentry coached at Smith County High -- again under Maynord (2002-2012) heading up the Owl offensive attack.
During his time on the Smith County varsity staff, the Owls went 109-28 -- a winning percentage of .795.
He also worked at Smith County Junior High as head coach of the Junior Owls (1999-2001).
Married to 1995 LHS graduate Sabra Swaims Gentry and the father of two daughters, Gentry played football (defensive back) at Lebanon's Cumberland University under Herschel Moore and also worked for a year (1998) as assistant defensive backs coach.
He is a 1994 graduate of Smith County High where he played on both sides of the football under former coach Pat Dyer.
Gentry earned his undergraduate degree from CU in 1999 and holds an advanced degree from Tennessee Tech (2006).
BLUE NOTES -- The most recent winning season at LHS was logged by Bobby Brown in 2006. That team went 6-5 -- defeating both Wilson Central and Mt. Juliet. In his nine seasons as the LHS head coach, Brown went 44-51 (.468) with four trips to the playoffs.
LAST SIX YEARS -- Lebanon has gone 9-52 since Brown was fired following the 2010 season.