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Former Lebanon High football coach Mark Medley has been hired by Wilson County Schools and will facilitate the merger of the undermanned gridiron programs at Carroll Oakland and Tuckers Crossroads Middle Schools.
Medley, recently retired from Smith County Schools after a long tenure as a teacher, coach and administrator, will work on a 120-day contract with WCS.
"This is a huge step in the right direction," said LHS head coach Sam Harp, "something these kids have been needing.
"If they're not involved at the middle school level, the odds are slim we'll be able to get them on board at the high school."
According to Chuck Whitlock, Coordinator of Health & Athletics for WCS, Medley will help organize the combining of a middle school football team made up of players from both Carroll Oakland and Tuckers Crossroads.
"We're trying to get back to a combined team," Whitlock said, "Mark has experience in this area. We're not sure who the head coach is going to be, but Mark will be involved to some extent.
"We're also planning on developing a strength & conditioning program at those two schools to mirror those existing at middle schools on the west end of the county and in the fall, those classes would be his responsibility."
In 1986, shortly after guiding Gordonsville High to the Class A state championship, Medley was tasked with the same chore, however students from Southside School were included in the co-op program back then.
"With Southside now serving as a feeder school for Wilson Central, it wouldn't be a good fit for them to be involved," Whitlock said.
In the fall, Medley will split time teaching strength & condition classes -- as part of the Health / Wellness curriculum at the two schools -- starting at one location in the morning and finishing at the other in the afternoon.
"I'm hoping we can change the mind set of these young people," Medley said earlier this week.
"The sooner they are exposed to good habits such as discipline and work ethic, the sooner they will adopt them as their own. I wouldn't even consider taking this position unless everyone was on board, including Coach Harp," Medley said.
In the meantime, Medley will work four days a week at Lebanon High assisting with existing strength & conditioning classes.
Medley was the head coach at Lebanon High for seven seasons, 1987 through 1993.
His teams went 64-18 (.780 winning percentage) with seven consecutive trips to the TSSAA playoffs -- averaging nine victories per season. The Blue Devils went 10-3 in 1992 and 10-2 in 1993 under his direction.
New assistant coach is hired
Former Middle Tennessee State University standout and veteran coach Josh Willoughby has joined the LHS faculty at the semester break as a teacher in the physical education department.
A graduate of Brentwood Academy and a former offensive lineman for the Blue Raiders, Willoughby will coach Lebanon's offensive line.
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